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Gastric Balloon FAQs

Gastric Balloon FAQs


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What exactly is the Gastric Balloon Weight Management System?

It is not a magic pill but a set of tools to help change your lifestyle; the Intragastric balloon device to kick start weight loss, a team of experts to guide you, and education and training to help you achieve a sustainable weight loss goal*. Read more on how it works

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How is the intragastric balloon device placed inside my stomach without surgery?

Placement of the balloon generally takes between 20-30 minutes during which you will be lightly sedated. The deflated balloon is inserted into your stomach through your mouth (endoscopically). Immediately after the balloon is placed and filled with sterile salt water, you will remain in the clinic for observation until the doctor discharges you. The intragastric balloon is removed through the mouth in a similar manner, under the same supervised conditions. Read more on how the procedure is performed

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Will this intragastric 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 improve your chances of success.

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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 can result in a serious medical condition. Alcohol in moderation is not excluded.

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What about side effects or complications?

The first three to five days can be very difficult. Cramping, nausea and vomiting are normal and should be expected. It is very important that you follow the Healthier Weight instructions and drink plenty of fluids. You may be prescribed medications to ease the discomfort. Serious complications are very rare.

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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 intragastric balloon.

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Will I be 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.

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Why can the device only be used for a temporary period?

The gastric balloon must be removed after 6 months. If it is not removed at this time interval, it can leak and deflate. It will likely pass through your body naturally but in some cases it may need to be removed by a doctor.

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How quickly will I lose the weight and will I regain weight once the balloon is removed?

The time frame for weight loss will vary from patient to patient. Both short and long term results depend on how well the patient adapts to the balloon, and their eating behaviour.

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*Weight loss surgery results and benefits vary and are different for each individual. As such, Healthier Weight cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals.