Intragastric balloon is the most suitable weight loss procedure that can be performed without surgical risks. A gastric balloon is a balloon-shaped medical implant made of a silicone material. It is used to create a volume to mechanically create a feeling of fullness in the stomach and a feeling of satiety.
Patients should be selected from;
Individuals who are not suitable candidates for this procedure include;
The procedure is performed endoscopically (gastroscopically) when the patient is conscious in a state of light sleep called sedation, in a quite simple way that takes 10 to 15 minutes with no need for general anesthesia. A fasting period of 10 to 12 hours is required before the procedure. First, the esophagus and stomach are gastroscopically examined to see if there is an obstacle to the procedure. The patient can return home after a postoperative observation of 1 to 2 hours.
How much weight can be lost
The Intragastric balloon placement alone will not be enough, and it will also be necessary to implement an eating discipline and a new standard of living. It is possible to lose 15 to 30 kilos on average in 6 months. Restriction of caloric intake is recommended after the procedure. Since much food cannot be eaten as a result of the procedure, this restriction is implemented much more easily. The weight planned to be lost is half the difference between the current body weight and ideal weight, that is, 50 percent of the excess weight. In other words, if the current weight of a person is 105 kg while his/her ideal body weight is 65 kg, the weight planned to be lost is 20 kg. The new gastric balloons can be left in the stomach for a period of 12 months and since they are adjustable, inadaptability problems can be solved in the initial period. After the gastric balloon is removed at the end of the 12th months after its placement, the weight lost can be regained if the nutrition and lifestyle are not paid attention to.
It has almost no side effects.
Nausea, vomiting and cramps may occur in the first 2 to 3 days after the placement of the balloon. However, these complaints decrease and disappear at the end of the first week.
When the balloon gets punctured, it is excreted from the body with feces, causing a small intestinal obstruction that requires surgical intervention, but this is less common with the new generation of balloons.
Nutrition after the placement of a gastric balloon
In the first 2-3 days, only liquid foods such as water, fruit juices, milk, whipped soups should be consumed. The bites of food should be small. Oil, salt and additives containing spices should be avoided. A food consumption plan including 4 to 6 meals a day should be implemented. Coffee, chocolate and all sweets should be avoided. Cold foods such as ice cream should not be consumed. After the 4th day, you can gradually start on solid foods. It is recommended to chew bites of foods well. If your solid food tolerance is problematic, you should return to the liquid diet.
After the 2nd week, -light foods are recommended for the first month.
Patients who have undergone an intragastric balloon placement operation can eat normal foods instead of special liquids and packaged diets.
Intragastric balloon placement, which is an easy and safe procedure among controlled weight loss procedures, is also safely performed in our hospital. Intragastric balloon placement is performed endoscopically.
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