What is the stomach balloon?
The stomach balloon is the most non-invasive non-surgical means of weight loss. It is a soft silicone rubber with a tube connector that allows the doctor to fill it with the required amount of sterile saline, air, or both depending on the type of balloon used. It is inserted orally through the mouth using a gastroscope rather than a surgical endoscope under a simple hypnotic effect in a process that takes 3-5 minutes.
How does the stomach balloon work?
The balloon helps to lose weight in two ways. The first is the balloon itself, which takes up a large amount of stomach, thus reducing hunger, reducing the amount of food eaten, and delaying the digestion of food by resisting stomach movement, which also reduces the amount of food intake.
How it is inserted?
On the day of insertion, the patient goes to the hospital fasting for at least 8 hours, and goes to the endoscopy room (not the operation theater) and does not need the patient to change his clothes or follow any special instructions before conducting any surgery such as blood tests or radiation or ECG …. Etc.
The anesthesia doctor gives a sedation (not an anesthetic) without the need to put a breathing tube or any of the steps of anesthesia.
This sedation drug (propofol) disappears completely after five minutes. After the patient sleeps, the doctor inserts the gastroscope from the mouth, which is a flexible tube no more than nine millimeters in diameter, and examines the esophagus, stomach and duodenum to check the absence of any ulcers or other problems in the upper digestive system, The doctor begins by inserting the small balloon with a small tube, locating it and filling it to the right size of the stomach. The doctor then pulls out the filling tube and the balloon closes itself while pulling the tube.
The patient will wake up after the completion of the insertion in a few minutes, and leave the hospital after the knowing the necessary drugs that will be taken during the first week , after which the patient regain full consciousness and no need to stay at the hospital.
Who are the favorite patients to have a stomach balloon?
The balloon is designed for those who are overweight and find it difficult or unwilling to follow a strict diet, stomach balloon is very safe because it does not expose the patient to the problems of surgery and anesthesia, and easy to extract in minutes if the patient reaches the appropriate weight.
What is the weight that you expect to lose with the help of a stomach balloon?
Average weight loss with balloon is 20 to 45 kg body weight.