Gastric Balloon

Gastric Balloon

This is a nonsurgical weight loss procedure for those who haven’t been able to lose weight with other diet and exercise programs. A soft gastric balloon is placed in the stomach using an endoscope which is passed down the throat and into the stomach. As such, there are no incisions associated with this procedure. The balloon is then filled with sterile water, which takes up a significant amount of space in this stomach. This acts to limit how much you can comfortably eat at one time and is left in place for 6 months. This is accompanied by regular meetings with a dietician both during and after the balloon to work on losing and maintaining your weight loss.

An intragastric balloon may be an option for you if:

  • You’re ready and willing to commit to healthy lifestyle changes, get regular medical follow-ups and participate in behavioral lifestyle changes.

  • You haven’t had any previous stomach or esophageal surgery.

This program also includes a one-year coaching program to help you maintain your new, healthier lifestyle.

If you are interested in Gastric Balloon procedure, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Swift.

ADVANTAGES

  • Low mortality rate
  • Preservation of normal continuity of GI tract
  • Lack of incisions translates to less operative pain and a quicker return to normal activities
  • Reduced risk of nutritional deficiencies
  • No risk of marginal ulcer
  • No risk of the band device malfunctioning
  • Possible in patients with contraindications to operative techniques.

DISADVANTAGES

  • Less weight loss is seen than with traditional operative techniques
  • Patients with high BMI may need an additional procedure to achieve adequate weight loss
  • Potential complications exist with balloons causing obstruction
  • Significant nausea and vomiting are common (90+%) in the first two weeks after placement
  • Potential for weight regain once the balloon is removed
  • Newer procedure, so limited data on long-term outcomes such as comorbidity resolution and weight regain
  • Puts you at a higher than normal risk of developing gallstones and gallbladder disease
  • Foods that you eat now may cause discomfort, nausea, or vomiting after your surgery
  • Requires adherence to dietary recommendations, life-long vitamin/mineral supplementation, and follow-up compliance

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