|Dr Paul Froomes|
|Weight Loss Management
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|Intragastric Balloon - Overview|
How does it work?
The Gastric Balloon procedure used to assist weight loss begins with a soft, expandable silicone intragastric (inside the stomach) balloon.
The balloon is temporarily inserted into the stomach for six months to create a feeling of early and prolonged fullness after meals. This encourages portion control and forms the basis of the weight loss strategy which is combined with a medically supervised program of diet and exercise.
The device used is a soft silicone intragastric balloon that is inserted (without surgery) in a deflated state into the stomach and then inflated with sterile water through a self sealing valve once it enters the stomach.
Preparing for the Procedure
On the day
Preparing for post-procedure
Once the balloon is in place, it will take some time for the stomach to adjust to its presence.
For the first week, patients will be on a full fluid diet. A dietitian will provide sample menus of what they should eat. After that, it should take about one week to make the transition from PURÉE to SOFT and finally back to SOLID foods. Again, a dietitian will be able to provide patients with meal options. This dietary transition is important because it will not only allow patients to adjust to the balloon, but it will start them developing a new perspective on food and retraining their appetite for a healthier lifestyle.
Who is a candidate for an intragastric balloon?
While using an intragastric balloon does not require surgery, any medical procedure requires careful thought and consideration. To qualify for the intragastric balloon procedure someone must be:
In addition, there are certain medical reasons why you may not be eligible for the intargastric balloon. You may not be a candidate for the procedure if any of the following conditions are present:
As with all medical procedures, there are potential risks of unforeseen, unknown or adverse reactions to medications and the procedure itself. Please discuss your questions and expectations about the intragastric balloon with an informed physician and evaluate the benefits versus possible risks.
How much weight will a patient lose?
The amount any patient will lose depends entirely on how well they adapt to the gastric balloon and weight management system, alter their eating behaviour, and adopt an exercise regimen.
|Last Updated ( Sunday, 31 January 2010 )|
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