An intragastric balloon is inserted endoscopically into the stomach. The balloon is then filled with approximately 500 ml of saline. This causes a sensation of rapid satiety and slows gastric emptying, thereby inducing weight loss.
The balloon remains in place for 6 months, while instituting new dietary habits and changes to be sustained after balloon retrieval. The balloon is then removed endoscopially at 6 months. At this time, you have achieved weight loss, learned to eat smaller portions, and make healthier food choices.
How long does it take?
It takes about 15 minutes to insert and
fill the balloon and the same on removal with deflation.
Is it painful?
Initially you may feel very full and uncomfortable along with some nausea. Which we anticipate, so medications are provided until this self resolves.