How It Works

The Working of a Gastric balloon

How does it help in weight loss?

A gastric balloon’s surface is lined with medical-grade silicone which does not dissolve in the stomach acid. 

After it is positioned properly in the stomach cavity, it is inflated and filled with saline or gas (around 400-700* ml volume) to take up one-third of the space. Once the balloon is inflated, it makes you feel full faster than you normally would when eating, which means you will eat less. This happens due to the following two factors.

  1. It slows the passage of food and liquids, training your body to be satisfied with smaller meals.
  2. It changes the hormone levels that control appetite, and your frequency of eating is reduced.

Collectively, these two factors can help you lose approximately 10 to 15% of your body weight.

Your Balloon Weight Loss Journey

Before the gastric balloon procedure is done, Dr. Girish discusses the whole process with you and asks a few questions about your medical history and weight loss goals. He will perform a medical diagnosis to determine your eligibility for the treatment. 

Gastric balloon placement is a quick outpatient procedure that generally requires 15-20 minutes. The time may vary depending on the type of balloon that is being placed.

For Allurion Elipse balloon

The procedure involves swallowing a capsule with a glass of water. The capsule itself is the Elipse balloon with a catheter attached to it. First, an x-ray is taken to verify the capsule location in your stomach, and then it is inflated through the catheter. A second x-ray is taken to confirm that the balloon is inflated properly. Then the catheter is unfastened and pulled out through the mouth.

For Orbera Balloon

The placement of the orbera balloon is conducted under IV sedation. The orbera gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach through the oesophagus with the help of an endoscope, a thin, sterile device with the help of a camera. A fluid supply tube is then used to fill the balloon according to the size of the stomach.

For Spatz balloon

Before inserting the Spatz balloon, you are offered light sedation through a cannula in a vein. Dr. Girish and his team closely monitor you in the endoscopy unit while inserting the Spatz balloon system (Spatz3) into the stomach. This balloon has a unique adjustment feature, so the volume of the balloon can be decreased or increased in case of any gastric discomfort or to reinvigorate the balloon effect respectively.

Aftercare / Follow ups

The gastric balloon is taken out from your stomach after around 6 to 12 months depending on the type of the balloon. The Elipse balloon naturally degrades and passes out of the body without any removal procedure, while the Orbera and Spatz balloon is collapsed first and then removed endoscopically. After the removal, Dr. Girish Juneja will recommend you a healthy eating diet plan combined with exercises and lifestyle changes so that you can retain the weight loss for the long term.

Conclusion :

The gastric balloon is a very effective treatment for weight loss and has helped thousands of people get rid of morbid obesity worldwide. However, the key to the success of this treatment lies not only in the procedure itself but also in your willingness to persevere in diet control and recommended lifestyle changes. So if you remain committed to the management habits, gastric balloons can definitely help you achieve your body goals and reduce your risk of obesity-related health problems.

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Dr Girish strives to provide the highest quality Laparoscopic and Bariatric treatment for weight loss at reasonable costs.