FAQ Gastric Balloon

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Gastric Balloon

What is a gastric balloon?

A gastric balloon is a non-surgical weight loss procedure in which an inflatable balloon is placed in the stomach, reducing the amount of food it can hold. This promotes a feeling of fullness, helping patients consume fewer calories and lose weight.

How is the gastric balloon procedure performed?

The procedure is typically performed under mild sedation or anaesthesia. A thin tube (endoscope) is inserted through the mouth and into the stomach, carrying the deflated balloon. Once in place, the balloon is filled with saline or air and sealed.

Who is a candidate for a gastric balloon?

Gastric balloons are typically recommended for individuals with a BMI between 30 and 40 who have not succeeded with traditional weight loss methods. Patients should be committed to making healthy lifestyle changes alongside the balloon procedure.

What are the benefits of a gastric balloon?

Some benefits include:

  • Less invasive than surgery
  • Shorter procedure and recovery time
  • Temporary, removable solution
  • May help patients lose weight more effectively than diet and exercise alone
  • Are there any side effects or risks?
  • Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and indigestion. Serious complications are rare, including balloon deflation, gastric perforation, or intestinal obstruction.

How long does the gastric balloon stay in the stomach?

Gastric balloons are typically removed after six months. Some newer models may last up to a year, but removal timing will depend on the type of balloon used.

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How much weight can I expect to lose?

Weight loss varies by individual, but patients can generally expect to lose between 20-50 pounds. It’s important to remember that the balloon is only part of the overall weight loss plan; diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes are essential for long-term success.

Will insurance cover the cost of a gastric balloon?

Coverage varies by provider and plan. It’s essential to consult with your insurance company to determine if the procedure is covered and what out-of-pocket costs you may incur.

What happens after the gastric balloon is removed?

After removal, patients should continue to follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen to maintain their weight loss. Some patients may be candidates for additional weight loss procedures if necessary.

How do I find a qualified gastric balloon provider?

To find a qualified provider, consult your primary care physician or seek recommendations from a bariatric specialist. It’s important to research providers’ experience, credentials, and patient satisfaction ratings to ensure you receive the best possible care.

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