An Intra-gastric balloon is a temporary procedure. It can be viewed as a tool to aid weight loss to progress to other types of surgery or as a standalone procedure.
It is a soft silicone balloon which is placed in the stomach and filled with a sterile water solution to inflate it.
The balloon is inserted endoscopically (via the mouth and throat) under sedation.
The stomach is filled and therefore will aid weight loss over a 6 or 12 month period. The balloon will be removed after 6 or 12 months.
Potential results from the Intra-gastric Balloon
Like all weight loss surgery procedures, the Intra-gastric Balloon is a tool. Used correctly and following the advice given by the OxBariatric team, you can expect to achieve a weight loss of between 25-44% of your excess body weight (approximately two stone weight loss).
You will need to make life style changes to work with the procedure. The more you are willing to change, the better the results you can expect.
Think about the following prior to the procedure
Get active - walking a little further each day will help you to prepare for the procedure and will help you to feel positive. Try to aim for short walks totalling 30 minutes a day
Eat healthier - think about the food you are consuming. By reducing your calorie intake and drinking more water can help.
Think about your health - advise your GP you are thinking of this procedure. Keep appointments with your physicians.
Stop drinking alcohol - stop at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure. Not only will it help your overall calorie control but it will help reduce cravings.