Have you ever wondered what to expect from the Gastric Balloon procedure? We’ve got you covered!
In this blog, we’ll discuss the different steps of our weight loss surgery and explain what you should expect during each phase of the process.
Let’s dive right in!
During the first consultation, your Healthcare Physician will review your medical history and perform a short physical exam to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for the weight loss treatment. The discussion will include the gastric balloon treatment with all of its benefits and risks and alternative options and their benefits and risks. Understanding how a balloon works and learning how to use it effectively to achieve your weight loss goals is of paramount importance. You will discuss your eating habits, health concerns, and weight loss goals with your doctor as well as your dietician.
Before the Treatment
In order to ensure maximal success, your doctor will determine which pre-screening assessments will be required for you. Pre-screening assessment may include any or all of the following:
- Patient information profile
- Dietary evaluation
- General blood tests
- Chest X-Ray and ECG (Depending on your age)
To prepare for the insertion, you will be instructed to fast from midnight prior to your procedure.
Insertion Of The Weight Loss Balloon
The gastric balloon is inserted endoscopically while under conscious sedation; no incisions and no hospitalization are required. During the non-surgical procedure, the balloon is placed in the stomach and inflated with saline. You will be discharged within one hour.
The gastric balloon can easily be deflated and removed, if required, at any time.
For the first 3-5 days following the gastric balloon procedure, you will feel uncomfortable and may experience any of the following:
This will pass usually within one week (although in some cases it may last longer) and every effort will be made to reduce these possible side effects. You will be offered medication to settle your stomach and relieve the nausea and vomiting. It is important to take the medication prior to the onset of nausea.
For the first three days after insertion, you will begin a liquid-only diet, slowly progressing to a semi-solid diet. Within about two weeks, many patients will be able to resume eating a solid diet.
If you experience excessive or prolonged nausea, vomiting or pain, the gastric balloon volume can be decreased with an adjustment procedure. By doing so, we can alleviate your balloon intolerance and ensure a more comfortable weight loss journey.
If your balloon effect diminishes and you reach a weight loss plateau, the gastric balloon volume can be increased with an adjustment procedure. WIth non-adjustable balloons, patients can begin to see weight regain around the 4th month. As the only adjustable balloon on the market, the Spatz3 can have it’s volume increased to provide longer treatment time and additional weight loss.
The gastric balloon volume can be changed with a 15-minute endoscopy procedure. The preparation requires a liquid diet for three full days before the adjustment followed by fasting from midnight the night before the procedure. Adjustments will be made while you are under conscious sedation. As with the insertion procedure, the adjustment is non-surgical, and you’ll be discharged within one hour.
At the end of the treatment period, the gastric balloon will be removed with endoscopy. Preparation requires a liquid diet for 3 full days prior to the procedure, followed by fasting from midnight the night before. Following the removal, you will be discharged within an hour.
The Spatz3 Weight Loss Program
We hope you now have a better understanding of the Gastric Balloon procedure and the various steps you’ll take on the way to meeting your weight loss goals. While some parts of the weight loss solution seem a bit uncomfortable to deal with, the end result will make everything worth your while.
With industry-leading weight loss results (almost double that of the competition) and the highest overall success rates of 84%, Spatz3 continues to prove that it’s the best method for effective weight loss.
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