Intragastric Balloon

Intragastric Balloon is a short-term weight loss procedure that involves placing a soft silicone balloon in your stomach. This reduces the capacity or space in your stomach and you feel less hungry. You also feel satisfied with less food, so that you do not overeat. This is an easy way to lose weight for people who can’t restrict their diet.

The balloon is kept inside the stomach for 6 months. It is not safe to keep the balloon in the stomach for more than 6-month period.

How does it work?

When you eat less the body uses its own fat to draw energy. You eat less when you go for Intragastric balloon for weight loss and when you eat less, you lose weight. The working behind this procedure is very simple; you may check on the video below for the procedure:

Are there any post-treatment precautions?

The first week, after the treatment, you will be on a pure liquid and puree diet. In the second week, a nutritionist will slowly begin you on a solid diet.

You must visit the nutritionist for the entire length of treatment (6 months), who will give you further recommendations and monitor your progress.

Digestion and absorption post-treatment is normal.

Are there any risks of intragastric balloon?

Though the procedure to place an intragastric balloon is totally safe, sometimes due to negligence or mistake, certain risks may occur. Some of them mentioned below.

If a partially deflated balloon passes into the small bowel, intestinal obstruction may be caused, this may require emergency removal of ball0on via surgery or endoscopy. If an injury is caused during the insertion or removal of balloon, bleeding or perforation may be caused. This can require surgical correction.

You may experience certain gastro-intestinal problems such as nausea and vomiting in the first few days of treatment. These side effects go away with time on their own; however, if they persist, go to a doctor. It may be a case of blockage. Some of the other side effects are a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen, abdominal pain, back pain, indigestion and gastro-oesophageal reflux.

Fast Facts

  • This surgery takes only 15-20 minutes
  • You are required to be hospitalized for two hours
  • You will recover in one to two days
  • You can lose up to 25kgs in six months