Here are some frequently asked questions about it.
An intragastric balloon is a newer kind of weight-loss procedure. A saline-filled silicone balloon is placed in your stomach, which helps you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat. It also makes you feel fuller faster.
It depends upon your previous weight and working regimen. Also depend upon your motivation. It can reduce your weight ranging from 10kg upto 30kgs. Loss of about 10 to 15 percent of body weight is typical during the six months
Ideally it should be removed as soon as desired weight loss is achieved. It can stay from 3 months to 6 months at maximum.
This procedure is an option if you're overweight or obese, and diet and exercise haven't worked for you. It is good if you have less than 100kg of weigh because it cannot do weight reduction more than 30kg.
Your body mass index (BMI) is between 30 and 40.
You're willing to commit to healthy lifestyle changes and regular medical follow-up, as well as to participate in behavioral therapy.
You have not had any previous stomach or esophageal surgery.
Like other weight-loss procedures, an intragastric balloon requires commitment to a healthier lifestyle. You need to make permanent healthy changes to your diet and get regular exercise to help ensure the long-term success of the intragastric balloon procedure.
An intragastric balloon and other weight loss procedures or surgeries are typically done only after you've tried to lose weight by improving your diet and exercise habits.
The placement of an intragastric balloon helps you lose weight. Weight loss can lower your risk of potentially serious weight-related health problems, such as:
Intragastric balloons are not a good choice for everyone who is overweight. A screening process will help your doctor if you have previous esophygeal surgery, weight more than a 100kg or suffering from a gastritis. A less motivated person also will not get benefit from this procedure.
Cost of procedure and balloon keep on changing. In 2020 it typically cost around 280,000 rupees for placement and 65,000 rupees for removal under general anesthesia in good hands.
Pain and nausea may be common after insertion of an intragastric balloon. However, these symptoms usually only last for a few days after balloon placement. And they can be treated with oral medication. Other problems can include gastritis and fullness of stomach. More fullness it cause more weight reduction is expected.
Serious risks after intragastric balloon placement and removal are rare. It is always possible that the balloon could deflate. If the balloon deflates, there is risk that it could move through your digestive system. This can cause a blockage that may require a further procedure. But again this is very rare.
You may need to have various lab tests and exams before your procedure. If all clear then you have to stop eating and drinking 24hrs before procedure, you can take water 10 hours ago. Some medicines can also be given before procedure. You also may be required to start a physical activity program.
Yes it is quite possible to not lose significant weight or to regain weight after any type of weight loss procedure , even if the procedure itself works correctly. Motivation and change of life style are important in this regard.
Dr Junaid Ahmad Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon and his team are experienced in this regard. You should contact 03104037071 for more information