Stomach 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, while 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, and the camera helps the doctor see the procedure.
Placing a stomach balloon helps to lose weight, So it 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
Stomach balloon placement or any other weight-loss procedures or surgeries are usually done only after trying to lose weight by improving a diet and exercise habits, but without any good result.
The side effects
Like any other procedures, stomach 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 last for only a few days after the balloon is placed, and usually can be controlled with oral medications at home. Although it is rare, serious side effects can occur after stomach balloon placement, and the doctor should be contacted 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 tract. which can causes a blockage that may require additional procedure or surgery to remove the device.