The Gastric Balloon procedure, which can not be mentioned as an alternative to obesity surgery, does not heal morbid obesity. This process, in which surgery is not a neccessity, should not be confused with the “stomach reduction” method.
For the treatment of “morbid obesity“, while preparing for the surgery, weight can easily be lost thanks to the Gastric Balloon method. On the other hand, this procedure is used as a supportive method for patients who are considered as ‘over weight’ but who are not suitable for surgery by the doctors.
In order to reduce nutrition, the water-filled rubber pillow placed in the stomach by the cutless method is roughly the size of the tight hand of an adult person.
What is this ‘Balloon’?
For those who want to lose weight, balloon application in the stomach is a non-surgical method. The patient does’nt have to stay in the hopspital after the procedure. After a brief procedure (15 minutes), patients can return to their routine life. The Gastric Balloon is applied with 1 year use period, with a quick feeling of fullness, it makes the portions smaller and prevents high energy received at the beginning.
Is the Gastric Balloon functional?
A limited amount of weight is lost with Gastric Balloon method that should be removed after a year. On the other hand, some patients want to get rid of the balloon prematurely with complaints of swelling in the lumbar region, pain and sore.
What is the function of the ellipse shaped Gastric Balloon?
In another way of slimming method, which differs from the previous ones, the patient swallows a capsule, and this capsule soon swells in the stomach and gives the patients saturation. The Gastric Balloon used in this most effective non-surgical intervention is called Obalon.
‘Gastric Balloon’ in practice
The ‘Gastric Balloon’ implantation, in which the internal structure of the stomach is primarily examined, does not require surgery. During the procedure performed without an incision, the patient feels nothing thanks to complete loss of sensation.
If there are no anatomical constraints after the examination, a pillow is placed in the stomach with the help of an “optical device” than it gains volume like a balloon thanks to air or liquid.
There are more than one balloon models and these models differ according to the time that the balloon will be in the stomach and the dose of the liquid to be injected.
Op Dr. Ersoy Taşpınar, the specialist who implements the procedure will give information about all processes. It is important not to eat in the 12-hour period before the procedure and not to drink fluids up to 6 hours. This rule is very important to prevent nausea after the balloon is inflated. It is an average of 15-20 minutes process.
There is 1 to 2 hours of follow-up after the procedure, after which the patient can be discharged. In this case, however, driving is prohibited because the anesthetic effect may not have passed yet. It is possible to lose weight in a short time thanks to this procedure (Gastric Balloon), but surgical methods are of course more effective.
How long will this balloon stay in my body?
Some models of the “Gastric Balloon” (which designed to stay in your stomach for 180 days), can stay in your body without removing it for up to 365 days. After these periods are completed, the balloon can be deflated and easily removed from the stomach by endoscopy.
What is my target weight with the balloon?
By the help of “Gastric Balloon”, how much weight you can lose is entirely up to you. Its average was recorded as 10-25 kilograms. The weight to be lost depends on how many kilos you have at the beginning of the treatment, your nutrition program and your determination to continue the