Feel more full, even after small meals
I had my gastric balloon 7 months ago. I lost just under 4 stone in that time. I could never have imagined that this was possible before hand. The after-care program was amazing. I got regular calls and I could go for as many appointments as I wanted. I would 100% recommend Auralia. :-)
I had a lot of appointments beforehand, Dr Salman was very patient and helpful, answered all my questions
Went to the Dublin clinic and I cannot fault one staff member. From the girls at the front to the nurses and anesthesiologist at the back and Dr Salmen himself, everybody was extremely professional, compassionate and friendly. Follow up care is fantastic and the results speak for themselves. I would highly recommend auralia.
About this treatment
What is involved in getting a gastric balloon?
The Gastric Balloon is placed in a deflated state into your stomach via an endoscopic tube through the mouth and inflated with sterile saline fluid through an external catheter once it is in place. The procedure is not carried out under general anaesthetic, however, the patient is given a mild sedative to help them relax beforehand, and a local anaesthetic to numb the throat. The procedure will take approximately 20 minutes and the patient can return home within a couple of hours after the procedure. There are no incisions made to any part of the body whatsoever.
How much weight could I expect to lose?
It is important for you to understand that the gastric balloon is a tool to aid weight loss and must be used in conjunction with diet, exercise and a behaviour modification program. The amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how closely you follow your diet and adopt long-term lifestyle changes. Patients participating in the program can expect to achieve significant weight loss. The amount of weight you lose will depend on your personal circumstances and how much you adhere to the nutritional and exercise guidelines. In general, we would expect our patients to lose a minimum of 16kg (approx. 2.5 stone).The following results were achieved in two large published clinical studies using the gastric balloon.
Brazilian study, 2004 323 patients
Average weight loss after 6 months: 15kg (2 Stone, 5 lbs)
European study, 2005 2,515 patients
Average weight loss after 6 months: 20kg (3 Stone, 2 lbs)
How is the gastric balloon device placed inside my stomach without surgery?
The deflated balloon is inserted into your stomach through your mouth without the need for surgery. The doctor inserts an endoscopic camera into the stomach. If no abnormalities are observed, the balloon is placed through the mouth and down the oesophagus into the stomach. Once inside the stomach, it is then filled with a sterile saline solution, through a small filling tube attached to the balloon. Once filled, the doctor removes the tube by gently pulling on the external end, leaving the balloon inside the stomach.
The gastric balloon is removed through the mouth in a similar manner, under the same conditions.
Will this gastric balloon limit my activity?
The first week you should not plan any heavy activity. Once your body has adjusted to the balloon, however, you can continue your normal activities. Starting a regular exercise programme is highly recommended and will dramatically improve your weight loss and general well-being.
After the initial settling period, can I eat anything I want?
You will not feel like eating as much as you used to. In addition, if you eat fatty or sweet foods, you may feel sick. Excessive overeating while the gastric balloon is in place can be dangerous and will result in sickness and a very uncomfortable feeling in your stomach.
What about side effects or complications?
The first three to five days can be difficult. Cramping, nausea and vomiting are normal and should be expected. It is very important that you follow the nutritional instructions and drink plenty of fluids. You may be prescribed medications to ease the discomfort. After this period, your body will adapt to the gastric balloon and you will be capable of eating small portions of food comfortably.
How long will it take to recover after the procedure?
You should plan at least three days of inactivity to recover from the procedure. You will be able to resume normal activity sooner or later than this depending on how your body adjusts to the gastric balloon.
Will I be able to feel the balloon in my stomach?
There will be discomfort for the first few days. After that, the primary sensation of the device will be a feeling of fullness.
How long is does the Gastric Balloon stay in the stomach?
The balloon may remain in place for six months. Over time the acidic content of the stomach will weaken the balloon material and cause the balloon to deflate so longer periods of use are not recommended. Should your surgeon recommend use of the balloon for longer than six months, it is necessary that the balloon be replaced with a new one when the six-month interval has been met.
Removal of the gastric balloon
The gastric balloon is removed in the same way it was placed, via an endoscopic procedure through the mouth. The patient will be given a mild sedative and a local anaesthetic to numb the throat. Using an endoscopic camera, the physician will introduce a catheter through the mouth and into the stomach. The balloon will then be drained of the saline fluid and deflated. Once the balloon is drained it can be grasped and removed easily. The patient can usually return home within a couple of hours.
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