A gastric balloon is a newer kind of non-surgical procedure in which silicone balloon is temporarily placed inside the stomach to make less room for food. This is a one day procedure.
This procedure is done under light anesthesia. The surgeon will insert the deflated balloon down the esophagus and into the stomach. The balloon is filled with a sterile fluid using a small filling tube. After 6 or 12 months, the balloon is deflated and removed in the same way it was inserted.
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A gastric balloon is usually suitable for patients who need to lose weight before another procedure, or for those who seek a non-surgical alternative to weight loss. We recommend you to refer to one of our professional doctors for an evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for surgery.
Aside from a transition diet, which consists of starting with liquids and working towards solids, there are few diet restrictions; however, doctors will usually recommend you to stick to a strict diet to lower the risks of regaining weight.
Patients tend to leave the hospital on the same say of the procedure, and most are able to return to their normal activities after 3 days. Your weight loss specialists will discuss the appropriate diet and exercises to reach your weight loss targets.
Weight loss is not an easy process, lifestyle changes are required to maintain proper weight after the balloon is removed. Unless you establish a proper diet and exercise program, you could regain all the lost weight.