Gastric balloon is a temporary weight loss method used in the treatment of obesity. In this method, an inflatable balloon is inserted into the stomach through the mouth through an endoscopic procedure and then inflated. The gastric balloon encourages eating less by filling the volume of the stomach and thus supports the weight loss process.
Gastric Balloon Application
Gastric balloon application can usually be done without general anesthesia. Patients will be awake and conscious during the procedure.
A gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach through the mouth using an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube). The endoscope passes from the mouth to the stomach and helps position the balloon correctly in the stomach.
Inflation of the Balloon:
After the balloon is placed in a suitable position in the stomach, it is inflated using gas or liquid. The volume of the balloon increases to fill the size of the stomach.
Balloon Control and Healing Process:
After the gastric balloon is placed, patients are kept under observation for a few hours. They are usually discharged on the same day. The gastric balloon remains in the stomach for approximately 6 months to 1 year and helps the weight loss process during this period.
Gastric balloon can be used as a temporary weight loss option for people who have health problems related to obesity or who are not suitable for bariatric surgery. However, for gastric balloon application to be effective, it is important for patients to make diet and lifestyle changes and adhere to a healthy eating pattern.
Gastric balloon can be combined with other weight loss methods and help patients reach their weight loss goals. However, since every patient is different, it is recommended that you consult with an obesity specialist or gastroenterologist to determine whether gastric balloon application is suitable for you.