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Learn about this new type of weight loss procedure, which allows you to lose weight by reducing the amount of eaten food, as a result of your rapid feeling of satiety, through a silicone balloon filled with salt in your stomach!
This procedure is offered to you by Beauty Valleys Clinic in Turkey under the supervision of a group of the best doctors, and most skilled experts and specialists.
What is a Stomach Balloon?
The gastric balloon is a non-surgical intervention that helps to lose weight for patients who are overweight and for whom diets or exercise have not helped.
It is a simple procedure that does not require surgery, endoscopy or general anesthesia, only the throat area is numbed and the patient remains awake, and the doctor inserts a thin tube (catheter) loaded with a soft, round, inflatable balloon made of medical silicone into the stomach through the mouth without the need for surgery.
Once inserted into the stomach, the doctor inserts an endoscope — a long flexible tube attached to a camera — down the throat and into the stomach to fill the empty balloon with saline. The camera helps the doctor see the procedure.
Which reduces appetite and prolongs the feeling of fullness by filling the stomach space.
– Gastric balloons are newly designed to come packed in a capsule that the patient can swallow before being inflated, so no need for endoscopy or surgery.
Gastric balloons are designed to stay in the stomach temporarily from 16 weeks to 12 months, after which the placed balloons are emptied, endoscopically, and removed by another endoscopy. It is excreted naturally with feces.
After the Gastric Balloon operation:
After the procedure, the patient must follow all the doctor’s instructions:
- Performing exercises that keep the body fit and harmonious.
- Follow a certain diet under the supervision of a doctor, while the balloon is in the stomach.
- Follow a different diet after removing the balloon from the stomach.
What is the benefit of the gastric balloon operation?
Placing a gastric balloon helps in weight loss, so losing weight can reduce the risk of serious health problems associated with being overweight, such as:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- Heart disease.
- brain attack.
- Sleep Apnea.
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus.
The placement of the gastric balloon and other weight-loss procedures or surgeries are usually performed only after you have tried to lose weight by improving your diet and exercise habits, and no benefit is observed.
Who is a candidate for gastric balloon surgery?
The gastric balloon may be an option for you if:
- If your body mass index (BMI) ranges between 30 and 40.
You are fully prepared to make healthy lifestyle changes, get regular medical follow-up, and participate in behavioral therapy.
- If you have not had any previous stomach or esophageal surgery.
Intragastric balloons are not the right choice for everyone who is overweight, and the examination will help your doctor know if the procedure may be beneficial for you.
What are the advantages of the stomach balloon?
The gastric balloon operation has many advantages that enable the patient to lose weight without any health problems, such as:
- Non-surgical operation, as it is performed by an endoscopy of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Local anesthesia, and often does not need that and can be replaced by a hypnotic for a short period.
- Gives impressive results if the patient has a strong will and ability to adhere to the diet well.
- 100% safe if performed by an experienced and skilled doctor.
- The time of the procedure is relatively short, it is a very simple process, and it is painless.
- The ability to return to activities of daily living within a few days.
Are there potential risks for the Gastric Balloon operation?
Like other procedures, the gastric balloon operation has a potential risk, although it is rare, but pain and nausea may affect about a third of people shortly after the balloon is inserted into the stomach.
However, these symptoms usually only last for a few days after the balloon is placed, and these symptoms can usually be controlled with oral medications at home.
Although rare, serious side effects can occur after gastric balloon placement, and you should contact your doctor immediately if nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain occur at any time after surgery.
Possible risks may include balloon deflation. If the balloon deflates, there is also a risk that it may travel through the digestive system. This can cause a blockage that may require an additional procedure or other surgery to remove the balloon.