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The intragastric balloon is implanted endoscopically and remains in place for up to six months. The balloon is removed after six months to minimize complications.
When accompanied with lifestyle changes like healthy eating, portion control and exercise, this surgical alternative is effective in helping obese adults achieve significant weight loss. Keeping these habits after the balloon is removed will help you maintain weight loss.
Watch this video featuring Dr. John Morton to learn more about intragastric balloon.
Intragastric Balloon: Preparing for the Procedure
Your doctor will discuss the medications to take for the procedure and through the duration of the implant. You may also meet with a dietician to learn about the importance of healthy eating and exercise.
Intragastric Balloon: During the Procedure
To ensure proper placement of the balloon, this outpatient procedure requires light sedation. Your doctor will discuss preparation for this in advance, which may include dietary restrictions.
Once sedated, your doctor will use an endoscope to insert the uninflated balloon through your mouth and down into the stomach. The balloon is then inflated with saline (salt water) and a blue dye. The procedure is completed in less than 30 minutes.
Intragastric Balloon: After the Procedure
After sedation wears off and you meet the discharge criteria for this procedure, you will be released to go home. As your coordination and reflexes may be impaired following anesthesia, you should arrange for a family member or friend to provide transportation home.
It may take some time for your body to adjust to the balloons. During this adjustment process, you may experience common side effects after the procedure. Learn more about the side effects of intragastric balloon.
Intragastric Balloon: At Home
The balloon is intended to assist with weight loss. When coupled with exercise and healthy eating, the balloon can increase the amount of weight you lose and help you keep it off.
We tailor the Medical Weight Loss Program to meet your specific needs. A doctor oversees all aspects of your weight loss, which may include personalized fitness advice, diet and nutrition support, medication planning, and stress management. Learn more about the full array of services in the Medical Weight Loss Program.
Intragastric Balloon: Removal Procedure
Removal of the intragastric balloon is similar to the placement of the device and requires light sedation.
Your doctor will use an endoscope to access the device and drain the balloon. Once emptied, the balloon is taken out of your stomach through the mouth. Removal of the device is completed in less than 30 minutes.
You may experience common side effects after the removal of the device.