Gastric Balloon

How long does it take for the gastric balloon to be placed in the stomach?
The total duration of the endoscopy procedure (including placement, inflation or removal of the balloon) is approximately 10-15 minutes.

Do I need to stay in the hospital after the gastric balloon is inserted?
Balloon application is performed under sedation (asleep state). After the procedure, the patient is immediately awakened and taken to the room. The patient can be discharged from the hospital at any time after resting in his room for 1-2 hours.

What are the complaints that may occur after the gastric balloon procedure?
1-2 hours after the gastric balloon is inserted, cramping, nausea and vomiting may occur in connection with the pain threshold of the person. These are very normal and expected symptoms. The process of accepting the balloon of the stomach takes 3-4 days on average. These complaints may continue to decrease. On being discharged from the hospital, the patient is prescribed anti-stomach, cramp and anti-nausea medications. Thus, this period will be overcome more easily. Returning to your normal life may take shorter or longer depending on how quickly your stomach gets used to the balloon.

When to return to business life after gastric balloon procedure?

The insertion of the gastric balloon does not adversely affect your daily work. You can resume your normal life after one day.

Are Those Who Have Gastric Balloons Satisfied?
People who have gastric balloon application usually consist of patients who have tried various methods to lose weight before and have managed to lose weight with a gastric balloon. Therefore, patients who have undergone gastric balloon application are generally satisfied.

How long does the balloon stay in the stomach?
Gastric balloon is divided into two types, which are preferred according to the amount of weight to be lost and can stay in the stomach for 6 and 12 months depending on the type of balloon.

Does it cause a problem if the gastric balloon remains in the stomach longer than the removal time?
Staying longer than required increases the risk of balloon bursting. Timely removal of the expired balloon is recommended. For patients who cannot lose enough weight, repeating the balloon procedure may be considered.

How is the gastric balloon removed?
The balloon placed in the stomach with the help of endoscopy is removed depending on the type. As a general principle, the balloon is deflated and emptied with the help of suitable removal kits. After the balloon is deflated, it is held and removed from the esophagus to the mouth. The process takes an average of 15 minutes.

When can I exercise after a gastric balloon is inserted?
It is recommended that you start a regular exercise program along with the appropriate diet. You can safely perform all exercises. However, in order to avoid any problems with fluid and electrolyte disorders, it is recommended to avoid heavy exercise for 2-3 weeks after the balloon is inserted.

What are the main complications of gastric balloon?
Reflux esophagitis: Increased stomach acidity may occur when food stays in the stomach longer. This condition can be treated with medication.

Stomach Ulcer:  It may develop due to the pressure of the balloon on the stomach and stomach acid. It can usually be treated with drugs.

Stomach Bleeding: It is usually caused by an ulcer. It is successfully treated with drug therapy and, if necessary, removal of the balloon accompanied by endoscopy.

Deflating of the balloon: The gastric balloon rarely deflates on its own. If such a situation occurs, your urine will turn a green/blue color thanks to the methylene blue dye in the device. If you see green urine, it is absolutely necessary to consult your doctor as soon as possible and to be checked with endoscopy.

Migration of the Balloon (passing into the intestine):  If the balloon deflates by itself, it may leave the stomach and go to the small intestine. If such a situation occurs; Usually, the deflated balloon is expelled with a bowel movement, rarely causing intestinal obstruction that requires surgery.

What is the endoscopic risk of gastric balloon?
The risks associated with endoscopy are generally very low. The risk of any complications is much lower than 1%, and the risk of major complications is much lower than 0.1%.

How often is follow-up recommended after gastric balloon insertion?
The follow-up program after the procedure is very important for the success of the balloon and for the acquisition of a new lifestyle. After the balloon is inserted, you should meet with your doctor and dietitian once a month for weight control, body analysis and complaints. During this time, your progress will be evaluated and you will learn the basics of healthy eating and exercise so you can be successful in the long run.

Will my stomach expand more after gastric balloon application?
Only the gastric balloon does not expand the stomach. However, not forcing to eat after being full, not paying attention to solid-liquid separation and consumption of carbonated drinks can expand your stomach a little.

Will I regain weight after the balloon is removed?
Weight gain can be seen in cases of irregular, high-calorie diet and sedentary life after the balloon is removed. Nutrition and exercise habits gained while the gastric balloon is inserted; If it is turned into a lifestyle even after the balloon is removed, weight gain

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