Since you read this article, you probably know what is gastric weight loss surgery and gastric balloon. You can just wonder why you should opt for gastric balloon or why gastric balloon is the best solution for you. In this article, you will find the factors that you for sure take into consideration before making the decision, which include the diet, recovery, gastric balloon safety and its side effects.
Table of contents
- 1 What is a gastric balloon?
- 2 Benefits of gastric balloon surgery:
- 3 Gastric balloon candidates
- 4 Gastric balloon prices
- 5 Gastric balloon abroad price comparison:
- 6 Before the gastric balloon surgery:
- 7 Gastric balloon surgery
- 8 How gastric balloon is done:
- 9 Gastric balloon results:
- 10 After the gastric balloon surgery:
- 11 Gastric balloon side effects
- 12 Recovery after the gastric balloon
- 13 Diet after gastric balloon
- 14 Pills after gastric balloon
- 15 Gastric balloon procedure abroad
What is a gastric balloon?
The gastric balloon also is known as an intragastric balloon, It is a special device helping people lose weight. The balloon is inserted into the stomach of the patient, as a result of which less food can be taken in. Hence, patients feel full sooner and eat less.
Benefits of gastric balloon surgery:
- Less expensive than other weight loss procedures
- Fast recovery
- Type 2 diabetes remission
- Fast and safe procedure
- Non-surgical procedure
- Does not require anesthesia
- Lost weight
- Reversible procedure
Gastric balloon candidates
You are qualified for gastric balloon procedure if your body mass index (BMI) is between 27 and 35, you also should be over 18 years old, and be in a considerably good physical as well as mental health. Sometimes gastric balloon procedure is performed to make the patient lose weight before more serious weight loss surgeries in order to reduce risks.
Gastric balloon prices
The price of gastric balloon varies by region, in countries like UK and Germany the price is much more expensive than in Poland. Usually, the gastric balloon procedure is not covered by insurance, but it is always advised to contact the insurance company as a first step. The price for a gastric balloon procedure in Poland includes medical tests, procedure, consultation, stay in a clinic ( if needed), after procedure check-ups. The money you save by choosing gastric balloon procedure in Poland you can spend on tummy tuck in Poland or liposuction in Poland that will make your results even better.
Gastric balloon abroad price comparison:
Before the gastric balloon surgery:
Before the procedure, you will attend a personal consultation with your doctor in Poland. During the consultation, you will have medical tests and will be able to ask all your questions. If you have any specific health conditions or problems, you should tell your doctor about them on the consultation. 48 hours before the gastric balloon procedure you must be on puree/soft solid diet, 12 hours prior the procedure you should avoid all food and liquid.
Required medical tests: Abdominal ultrasound, blood count (CBC), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), cortisol, creatinine, electrolytes, prolactin and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), Cardiac catheterization, Chest X-ray, Colonoscopy Echocardiogram Electrocardiogram (EKG) Flexible sigmoidoscopy, Mammogram, Pap smear, Pelvic ultrasound, Pulmonary function tests
Gastric balloon surgery
Length of gastric balloon procedure: 15-30minutes
Type of anesthesia: sedation
How gastric balloon is done:
Gastric balloon insertion is non-surgical procedure during the procedure your throat will be numbed with a special spray, then with the use of the endoscope, doctor will put the balloon through your mouth into your stomach. The balloon can be filled with saline solution or gas.
Stay in the clinic: no need
Minimal stay for gastric balloon in Poland: 1 week
Back to work: 1 week
Gastric balloon results:
Gastric balloon must be extracted maximum in 6 months. After 3 months most patients lose about 15% of excess weight. After 6 months the vast majority of our patients effectively lose even 30% of the excess weight. Gastric balloon can become a start of your new life, but it is you who influence the final results for the most part. You need to eat small portions, avoid junk food and exercise. If you don’t follow the recommended lifestyle changes you will regain weight.
After the gastric balloon surgery:
After gastric balloon surgery, you need to follow the diet and be physically active. After the surgery, you should not lift any heavy objects, but should start walking as soon as possible. It is advised to buy pedometer and to take 10,000 to 12,000 steps a day. After 1 month you can practice sport again. Drink at least 1,5 liters a day, eat small portions 5 times a day, and follow the instructions of your doctors.
Gastric balloon side effects
Gastric balloon for weight loss is a safe prcedure but, as any other surgery, may have side effects. In fact, they appear in most of the patients having gastric balloon and often involve making changes in eating habits or vitamins and medications intake. These problems require medical tests (as the evaluation) and medications or even additional surgery (as the solution).
Below you can find the common side effects after gastric balloon:
- there is an abdominal pain that can last for the first 2-5 days.
- you can experience nausea and vomiting in the first week, which is your body’s reaction to the balloon placed inside
- the sensation of balloon movements
- the bloating or belching of gas
- bad breath
Recovery after the gastric balloon
After your gastric balloon is placed, you may experience a growing discomfort, but is normal for gastric balloon recovery. It can last from a couple of days to a few weeks. This feeling is normal, but you need to tell your bariatric surgeon about any severe pain that you consider worrying. During the first 6-7 days after the surgery, the vast majority of patients do not feel hungry at all. Some experience nausea which can get worse while eating. Hence, the loss of weight is usually significant in the first week (about 8-15 pounds for men, and 4-8 pounds for women). If you are not hungry and have no appetite during the first week, do not worry because it should change at the beginning of the 2nd week. Yet, you will not eat big portions as you will feel full after a small amount of food. During the weeks 3-6, your appetite will be getting stronger and you will tolerate more and more food. You should still eat slowly, pay much attention to the quality and quantity of the food and observe your body reaction after eating certain meals. In the weeks from 7 to 12, you will notice that you lose weight slightly slower than in the previous weeks. You should take advantage of this time and try to maximize the weight loss by implementing daily activity and focusing on a healthy food. The physical activity is extremely important and this routine should be maintained for the rest of your life. Thus, it is important that you find the exercises you enjoy, like gym, jogging, swimming. During the weeks 12-26, you should maintain your weight loss thanks to a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercises. You can get support from a dietician, support groups or personal trainer. Finally, all the changes you have introduced should change into your habits. Then, you will achieve the gastric balloon long term results you always wanted.
Diet after gastric balloon
Day 1-3: only fluids allowed
For the first 3 days after gastric balloon, only fluids can be consumed. It will help you prevent dehydration, keep high energy level and adjust to the balloon. Any other food eaten at this stage can result in vomiting or nausea. Just after the surgery, you will drink water only and if it is tolerated, you can add other fluids such as. milk, fruit juice, soup, yogurts within the next days. The best choice is nutritious and high-in-protein soups. It is important that you intake the fluids regularly, it is recommended to consume 8 or more cups of fluids a day including soups.
The fluids that are recommended include:
- milk (about a pint per day)
- squashes (they need to be low-calorie or reduced-sugar)
- diluted fruit juices (one part of juice + one part of water)
- coffee (weak coffee is suggested)
- soups (smoothed in the blender, broth, clear soups)
- Oxo, Brovil, Marmite, stock cube diluted in a hot water
Day 4-10: soft food allowed
Now, you can add soft food to your diet after gastric balloon. The ideal distribution is 4 small portions a day eaten in regular lags. You should not wait with the meals till you become hungry, you should eat small portions frequently instead. Also, you need to avoid hard food requiring a lot of chewing as well as spicy or heavily seasoned food. A strong coffee or tea are still not recommended. You ought to drink milk – about half a pint each day.
After 10 days: balanced diet recommended
If you tolerate fluids and soft food, you can gradually return to a normal diet. You need to do it slowly, day by day, and monitor how you feel after eating certain food. Some foods can stick to the gastric balloon and cause uncomfortable burps (in general, pasta is a problem for the patients). Shortly after each meal, you should drink water to rinse off your balloon. Once you feel bad after meals and struggle with nausea or vomiting, you should return to the liquid or soft diet. It is much better to replace the normal food with something you have eaten at the beginning than avoid eating at all.
Pills after gastric balloon
Any bariatric surgery changes the way a body absorbs medications – both these prescribed by the doctor and over-the-counter ones. Also, after the surgery, the health condition changes, for the better usually, and the medications type and doses also change. You need to discuss all your medications with your surgeon a few months before the gastric balloon surgery.
A couple of weeks after the gastric balloon, your doctor can suggest that you take your medications in a different form, for example chewable, liquid, sublingual, crushed or as an injection. The reason for that is the possibility that a regular capsule or tablets may become lodged in the body. What is more, some medications are enteric-coated or covered by a polymer substance, which makes them very difficult be absorbed after the surgery. The tendency to crush depends on the formulation of a drug. For instance, enteric-coated medications are extremely difficult to crush, while quick-release drugs are crushed easily. The dosages of medications after gastric balloon change also and need to be modified regularly. Most patients eliminate high blood pressure thanks to gastric balloon, and then, the daily doses have to be reduced. Your doctor may also consider some medications as contributors to the weight gain, so he can advise you to take some alternative drugs.
Gastric balloon procedure abroad
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