Intragastric ballooning

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Intragastric ballooning

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What is In gastric Ballooning

  1. Intragastric ballooning is a minimally invasive non-surgical weight loss procedure involving the placement of a saline-filled silicone balloon in your stomach.
  2. The procedure helps you lose weight by reducing the amount you can eat and making you feel fuller after eating small meals.
  3. The doctor might suggest intragastric ballooning if diet and exercise do not help you lose weight. 

 

Who needs this procedure?

The indications for intragastric balloon placement include:-

  1. Patients with a BMI of 40 or higher.
  2. Patients with Class II obesity (BMI 35 to 39.9) for whom surgery is not possible, either due to medical conditions like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea. 
  3. In morbidly obese (BMI more than 37) patients before bariatric surgery to reduce surgical mobility. 
  4. Patients between BMI 23 to 25, suffering from medical conditions like PCOD or infertility related problems, with failed dietary measures.
  5. Patients who have not had any previous stomach or oesophageal surgery.

 

However, intragastric ballooning is not a procedure for everyone. Your doctor may perform a screening process to check whether the procedure is right for you. 

 

In gastric Ballooning

Intragastric Ballooning Procedure

  1. The intragastric ballooning procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure in the endoscopy unit. The steps involved in the procedure include:-
  2. You will receive mild sedation for the procedure.
  3. The doctor will advance a catheter with the intragastric balloon through your mouth into your stomach. 
  4. Next, he/she will advance an endoscope (a flexible tube with a camera attached at the end) down your throat into the stomach. 
  5. With the guidance of the endoscope, the doctor will fill the balloon with a blue-coloured saline solution through the catheter. 
  6. The balloon will partially fill the stomach to offer a feeling of fullness and reduce hunger. 

Alternatives to Intragastric Ballooning

  1. There are some surgical alternatives to the intragastric ballooning procedure, which include:-
  2. Gastric banding: The surgery involves placing a silicone band on the upper part of the stomach to reduce its size. This decreases food intake as the person feels full sooner. 
  3. Sleeve gastrectomy: The surgery involves removing a part of the stomach and separating it from the body. The smaller section of the stomach cannot hold much food. 
  4. Gastric bypass: It is a weight-loss surgery where the surgeon creates a small pouch from the stomach and connects this pouch directly to the small intestine.

Please note that the selection of the treatment approach is based on your condition and your doctor’s opinion. 

What Can You Expect Before the Procedure?

Tests and diagnosis

  1. Your doctor will advise you for a pre-anaesthetic checkup. 
  2. He/she will discuss your medical history and your previous attempts at losing weight.
  3. He/she will discuss your weight loss goals and provide a detailed outline of the process. 
  4. You will undergo several pre-operative tests, including ECG, Chest X-ray, hemogram, and liver function test.
  5. You cannot have the procedure if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have serious liver damage.  
  6. Your doctor will explain the surgical procedure, hospital stay, and insurance formalities. 

Medications

  1. Your doctor will talk about the medications, herbs, and supplements you take.
  2. You might need to discontinue certain medications before the procedure. 

Restrictions

  1. The healthcare team will ask you to stop eating or drinking 12 hours before the procedure. 

What Can You Expect on the Day of the Procedure?

  1. You will be asked to sign the consent formalities on the day of the procedure. 
  2. The team will inform you about the change of clothes and removal of jewellery. 
  3. The doctor will record your last meal and give you medication to be taken with a sip of water. 
  4. The anaesthesiologist will monitor your vitals.
  5. The team will shift you to the endoscopy unit.

What Can You Expect During the Procedure?

  1. You will be made to relax on the procedure table. 
  2. The anaesthesiologist will give you mild sedation. 
  3. The doctor will advance a catheter with an intragastric balloon down your throat into the stomach. 
  4. He/she will then perform the procedure. 
  5. He/she will leave the saline-filled balloon in place and remove the endoscope. 
  6. The complete procedure will take about half an hour. 

 

What you can expect after the procedure?

What Can You Expect After the Procedure?

At the Healthcare Centre

  1. You can normally go home after two hours of the procedure.
  2. The doctor will give you specific instructions regarding home care and follow-up appointments.

At Home

  1. Diet:-
  2. You can take small amounts of clear liquids about six hours after the procedure. 
  3. The doctor will ask you to drink plenty of water during the first few days. 
  4. He/she will restrict you to a liquid diet until the start of the second week, which includes juices, soups, milk, or broths.
  5. You will need to avoid coffee, fizzy drinks, ice creams, chocolates, and fatty foods. 
  6. After the start of the second week, you can start eating soft foods. 
  7. You can probably start eating regular food three weeks after the procedure. 

Recovery

  1. During the first few days after the intragastric ballooning procedure, you may feel uncomfortable as you get used to the balloon. 
  2. Some amount of discomfort is normal but inform your doctor if you experience anything abnormal or painful. 
  3. During the first six months of the intragastric ballooning procedure, you can expect a loss of about 7% to 15% of body weight. 
  4. Total excess weight can range from 30% to 47%. 

Lifestyle Changes:-

  1. You should engage in regular exercises, such as a ten-minute walk daily after the procedure.
  2. As you feel healthier, you can increase the intensity of exercise. 
  3. You will meet your nutritionist and psychologist frequently after the procedure. 
  4. Follow the meal schedule as discussed with your nutritionist. 
  5. Depending on your work type, you will be able to return to work after two to three days. 

First Follow-Up Appointment

Your doctor will schedule the first follow-up appointment one week after the procedure. The doctor will check your recovery during this visit and examine if the procedure is working. Furthermore, he/she will provide further follow-up and home care instructions. 

 

Removal of In gastric Ballooning

Removal of the Intragastric Balloon

  1. Intragastric balloons will stay in place for six months, after which the doctor will remove the balloon through endoscopy. 
  2. You will likely receive a mild sedative. 
  3. The doctor will pass down an endoscope through a catheter inserted via your mouth. 
  4. He/she will use the endoscope to deflate, grab, and remove the balloon. 
  5. The procedure takes about 15 minutes. 
  6. Depending on the plan determined beforehand, the doctor may or may not place a new balloon. 
  7. You can go home the same day.

Common side effects of the procedure

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The side effects common to the procedure include:-

  1. Pain
  2. Nausea
  3. Vomiting
  4. Allergic reactions
  5. Infection
  6. Bleeding
  7. Breathing problem

Complications of In gastric Ballooning

The possible complications of intragastric ballooning include:-

  1. Balloon deflation, which may require additional surgery to remove the device
  2. Overinflation
  3. Acute pancreatitis
  4. Ulcer or hole in the stomach wall (perforation), which may require surgery

The sequelae of not treating the complications in time include:-

  1. Balloon deflation can cause a blockage in the digestive system
  2. Perforation in the stomach, large bowel, or small intestine can be fatal

Expert Doctors for Intragastric ballooning

Dr. Atul N.C. Peters

Dr. Atul N.C. Peters

Laparoscopic / Minimal Access Surgery, Bariatric Surgery / Metabolic, General Surgery
26 years experience
98% Recommended
Dr. Atul Wadhwa

Dr. Atul Wadhwa

General Surgery
27 years experience
98% Recommended
Dr. Yogesh Gautam

Dr. Yogesh Gautam

General Surgery, Laparoscopic / Minimal Access Surgery
43 years experience
96% Recommended
Dr. S K Tiwari

Dr. S K Tiwari

General Surgery
40 years experience
99% Recommended
Dr. V K Jain

Dr. V K Jain

General Surgery
45 years experience
98% Recommended
Dr. Sandeep Kumar Jain

Dr. Sandeep Kumar Jain

General Surgery
19 years experience
99% Recommended
Dr. P K Dewan

Dr. P K Dewan

Laparoscopic / Minimal Access Surgery, Bariatric Surgery / Metabolic, Metabolic And Bariatric Surgery
40 years experience
97% Recommended
Dr. Vivek Bindal

Dr. Vivek Bindal

Laparoscopic / Minimal Access Surgery, Bariatric Surgery / Metabolic, Department of General Surgery and Robotics, Metabolic And Bariatric Surgery
24 years experience
98% Recommended

NABH Accredited Hospitals for Intragastric ballooning

Alpine Hospital

Alpine Hospital

Plot No. 140, Near Mother Dairy 122001
Excellence in General Surgery
4.9/5
Apex Hospital, Naraina Vihar

Apex Hospital, Naraina Vihar

E-22, Goswami Girdhari Lal Marg 110028
Excellence in General Surgery
4.8/5
Max Super Speciality Hospital, Shalimar Bagh

Max Super Speciality Hospital, Shalimar Bagh

FC 50, Max Wali Rd, C And D Block 110088
Excellence in General Surgery
4.8/5
Avantika Multispeciality Hospital

Avantika Multispeciality Hospital

A3/8, 110085
Excellence in General Surgery
4.9/5
BH Salvas Hospital

BH Salvas Hospital

Chandan Palace 110043
Excellence in General Surgery
4.8/5
CDAS Super Speciality Hospital

CDAS Super Speciality Hospital

Malibu Town 122018
Excellence in General Surgery
4.5/5
CDAS Hospital, Gurugram

CDAS Hospital, Gurugram

Plot no.- 1, Malibu Town, 122018
Excellence in General Surgery
4.6/5
Cloudnine Hospital, Patparganj

Cloudnine Hospital, Patparganj

Community Centre, Plot, Street Number 6B 110092
Excellence in General Surgery
4.5/5
Diyos Hospital

Diyos Hospital

A1/26 110029
Excellence in General Surgery
4.8/5

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