Non Surgical Treatment For Obesity
This temporary weight loss surgery is performed when an inflatable air filled gastric balloon is endoscopically inserted and then inflated in the stomach to reduce capacity i.e the air filled gastric balloon is inserted via the mouth and oesophagus directly into the stomach
Immediately following insertion it is inflated with air using a 60ml syringe. This causes it to swell up reducing a patient's capacity and ability to consume large volumes of food and fluid. You will begin to have a feeling of fullness even after a consuming a small portion of food.
Advantages of Air Filled Gastric Balloon :-
Quicker adaptation to the air filled gastric balloon
Fewer post operative symptoms lasting shorter time
No need for pre-medication for 5 days!
Less reliance on medication to control symptoms
Lose more weight than with other diet programmes
Be supported by a team of medical experts
Learn how to control weight using our proven Lifestyle Change Programme
Have the benefits of a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical approach
The intragastric balloon is designed to provide short–term weight loss therapy. The silicone balloon is placed endoscopically (through the mouth and oesophagus under sedation) and filled with liquid so it partially fills the stomach and creates a feeling of fullness. The maximum time a balloon can be left in place is 6 months, after which it must be removed.
There are two main indications for using an Intragastric Balloon:
- Pre–surgery for weight loss in severely obese patients to reduce surgical risk.
- Weight loss in obese patients who have significant health risks related to their obesity and who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss with a supervised weight–control programme. The patient should have a BMI above 35.
Like other weight loss surgeries,the balloon is a tool and works best when you use it properly, following a low calorie diet. Surgeons usually prescribe medication to reduce your stomach acid production whilst the balloon is in place.
Most of the people do not experience any complications, but you should be aware of :
- Intestinal obstruction by the balloon (which could cause death) when a partially deflated balloon passes into the small bowel. If this occurs, surgical or endoscopic removal would be required
- Bleeding or perforation could occur as a result of injury during the balloon insertion or removal, requiring surgical correction.
- Gastric discomfort; nausea and vomiting are common for the first few days following balloon placement but rarely continue in the longer term unless the balloon is causing a blockage. A feeling of heaviness in the abdomen, abdominal or back pain, gastro–oesophageal reflux or indigestion have also been reported.
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