A gastric balloon is a soft silicon saline filled balloon that is inserted into stomach. The balloon partially fills the stomach which leads to a feeling of fullness.
Overview of Gastric Balloon
Some obese people have tried so many diets and different lifestyles, but they couldn’t achieve what they want, and they dream of having a healthy, thin and beautiful body shape. Bariatric surgery is considered for people who are not able to control obesity by changing their lifestyle. It is a simple and nonsurgical procedure for reducing the stomach volume. Gastric balloon has lots of benefits like minimal sedation and less invasive process. It is reported that patient’s lipid levels and blood sugar levels are improved after this procedure. Patients lose approximately 20-30% of the excessive weight in about six months. This procedure is contraindicated for patients who had stomach surgery before, alcohol or drug addicts, patients with active gastrointestinal ulcers or cirrhosis and pregnant patients.
Gastric Balloon Recommended For:
- The patients whom BMI is between 30 to 40 with comorbidities like diabetes or high blood pressure, sleep apnea and they already tried diet and exercise but cannot lose weight
- Patients older than 18-years old
- patients must be willing to make major changes in their eating habits and lifestyle
Before Gastric Balloon
The bariatric surgeon may recommend a pre-operative diet of two weeks before the surgery which has protein but carbohydrates and fat limitations. This diet makes body ready for the surgery. Patients should tell the surgeon their complete medical history and medicines and supplements intake, he or she asks for laboratory tests to check body health completely. It is important to know that patients should try to stop smoking for better outcomes and they should stop smoking at least 30 days before surgery. They should discuss about the regimen which must be followed after the procedure and make sure that they can obey the new regimen rules. Eating solid food from 12 hours and drinking liquids 6 hours before the procedure is prevented.
During Gastric Balloon
Gastric balloon procedure is an out-patient procedure which is usually done under mild sedation or may need general anesthesia. The doctor sends the balloon through a catheter from the mouth to the stomach. In the next step he or she will send the camera to the stomach to see the inside. With this camera the doctor will fill the balloon to the desired size and after ensuring the proper location and appropriate balloon volume the procedure ends. The balloon stays in place for the next 3 to 6 months.
After Gastric Balloon
Usually patients can leave after resting for some hours in hospital with instructions and prescribed medicines. Serum therapy is usually prescribed to prevent dehydration in the first days after the surgery. They can start eating through drinking liquids from six hours after the procedure. The liquid regimen should be continued for one week. Soft foods can be added from the second week and usually in the 3th week after the procedure patients can eat regular food.
Gastric Balloon cost in Iran start from 4000$ to 4800$
Gastric Balloon cost in Tehran start from 4000$ to 4800$
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