Numerous individuals are unable to lose excessive weight or have been classified as obese. The gastric balloon is an option for many of these individuals. The balloon is filled with saline prior to being placed in the stomach for a period of 12 months. The balloon has enough bulk to help ensure the individual feels full so they eat less. This is what leads to a loss of weight. Once the balloon has been inserted, a customized support program is put in place. This helps the individual reach their weight loss goals to enable them to maintain them for the rest of their life. The balloon is most often suitable for individuals who have tried to lose weight through a healthy and nutritious diet and regular exercise routine yet remain moderately overweight or have a (BMI) body mass index of 27 or above.
In some instances, the individual is either ineligible for or not interested in having bariatric surgery. It is important to note the balloon is not suitable for every individual. This includes:
• An individual with a medical condition not permitting the use of endoscopy.
• Any individual with upper gastrointestinal bleeding, any abnormality in the structure of the larynx or the esophagus, previous gastrointestinal surgery or a large hiatal hernia.
• Any individual currently experiencing an addiction to either alcohol or drugs.
• Any individual unwilling to make the necessary behavioral and dietary changes to help ensure the success of the procedure.
• Any woman who is breastfeeding or pregnant.
This procedure may help individuals with a BMI score exceeding 40 to achieve their goals for the desired weight loss. This procedure may also be an option with a BMI exceeding 35 when accompanied with medical conditions such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. The gastric balloon is placed in the stomach. The balloon will not remain in position for more than 12 months. The two main purposes of the balloon are to prepare the individual for an operation or surgery for weight loss they were told could not be performed until enough weight was lost or simply to help the person lose weight. The reason the balloons are so effective is because they decrease the space available in the stomach. This restricts the intake of food and leads to weight loss. The advantages include:
• The balloon is temporary
• An improvement in health
• No need for medications
• A good option for individuals not meeting the eligibility for weight loss surgery
• The procedure can be reversed
• Decreases the risk for heart related conditions, diabetes, and joint disease
• The individual feels fuller quicker, eats less and can lose weight
These balloons are considered a key advancement in managing obesity through minimally-invasive treatments. This procedure often has a positive impact on the life of overweight and obese individuals who have qualified for the treatment. The placement of the balloon is endoscopic. This means a scope is used to place the balloon through the mouth.
The FDA has approved the placement of the balloon for a maximum of 12 months. A highly qualified and experienced surgeon or gastrointestinal endoscopist places the balloon. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and requires between 20 to 40 minutes. The balloon must be removed a maximum of 12 months after it has been placed. This is accomplished through a very similar procedure. There have been thousands of balloons placed in individuals all over the world, including the United States and Europe. Numerous clinical studies have been conducted regarding the safety and efficacy of the balloons. Great efficacy has been shown in some of the biggest studies ever conducted involving as many as 3,000 participants.
The average amount of weight lost during a period of six months was in excess of thirty pounds. This is a reduction of almost five BMI points or fifteen percent of the total body weight. Some of the studies revealed the results of the balloon showed a notable improvement in medical issues linked to obesity such as cardiovascular health and diabetes. The blood sugar and lipid levels of the participants also showed a marked improvement. Even though the balloon is only placed for a temporary period of 12 months prior to removal, the weight loss of the participants continued for six months after the balloon had been removed. A small portion of the participants were observed for five years once the balloon had been removed. In most cases, the results continued to be positive.
The medical professional works in close contact with each individual in preparation for the insertion of the balloon. This includes:
• A health assessment is conducted prior to the procedure. The individual is asked questions regarding their medications and medical history.
• The surgical history of the individual is reviewed to help prevent any potential complications due to any prior surgeries on the stomach.
• Specific tests will be ordered such as blood tests, x-rays, and an ECG.
• The individual must not consume any food for a minimum of 24 hours prior to the procedure. The individual must not drink anything for twelve hours prior to the balloon placement.
Once the balloon has been placed, the individual is generally able to return home the same day. It is important for the individual to make arrangements for a friend or family member to drive them home and stay for a day or two. Most individuals have completely recovered within three days and are able to return to work.
Life with a Gastric Balloon
Once the balloon has been inserted, the life of the individual remains almost the same. The biggest difference is the individual will become full sooner. This means they will be consuming less food and losing weight. A lot of people choose to attend group meetings either in person or online to receive the support they need. The majority of these meetings are free and highly recommended to improve the rate of success. One of the most important changes the individual can make after the gastric balloon has been inserted is to improve the choices they make for their lifestyle habits and foods. The balloon is a way to jumpstart weight loss and exercising for the future. It is important to understand the balloon is not a permanent solution for weight loss. The majority of individuals use this time to change their negative habits.
Your success for the future is tracked by a nutritionist or dietitian and often a personal trainer. This helps you stick to your goals to help ensure you succeed. Once your balloon has been removed, you will discuss your options with a medical professional. This includes your exercise routine and improved diet. In some cases, another balloon may be inserted. This decision is made by the medical professional. In addition to consuming a healthy diet, exercising is extremely important for your success. The statistics show:
• Exercising has incredible benefits for both mental and physical health.
• More weight is lost by individuals maintaining a regular exercise routine.
• Exercising leads to more obvious results.
One study showed individuals exercising for 2.5 hours each week achieved a weight loss of 5.7 percent more. The best options are to set aside specific times to exercise during the same day and times each week. You should also exercise for 30 to 45 minutes three to four days every week. Not only does this help increase your endurance, it will make exercising less intimidating and easier. Your exercise routine should consist of three key goals. These are:
• Building endurance through swimming, a stationary bike, and walking.
• Increasing strength using yoga, weights, and exercise balls.
• Using a good stretching to increase your flexibility. Yoga works very well because it teaches you to breathe properly while using the weight of your body to build your strength.
There are hormones secreted by your body that inform you when you are hungry. Your hormone signals can be overridden by junk foods due to an overstimulation of your reward centers. The process has a lot of similarities with the reaction of the brain to addictive drugs. If your need for food is taking over the other important areas of your life, you might have a food addiction. The most important areas of life are considered to be:
• Your appearance
• Personal health
It is important to avoid any health issues related to obesity including diabetes, sleep apnea, and hypertension. If a food addiction is not addressed properly, the result is often gaining weight that leads to obesity. The balloon is only temporary. This is the reason numerous issues including food addiction are addressed. The procedure should be used in conjunction with a program for lifestyle management for six months once the balloon has been removed. This will help you keep off the weight you lost due to the balloon. You should also have a managed exercise and diet program to control your weight as time passes. If you intend to have a bariatric procedure such as a Lap-Band or gastric sleeve after the removal of your balloon, your success rate will improve.
Any weight you have already lost will decrease the risk of complications from the bariatric procedure. It may also be possible for you to have a second balloon inserted after the first one has been removed. It is important to understand the gastric balloon is meant to be used with an exercise and diet program. This is the reason the medical professional will probably ask you to wait prior to having another balloon inserted. At this point, you may be able to maintain a much healthier weight in a less invasive manner. The medical professional will talk with you to make certain you make the right choices. The removal of the balloon requires roughly 20 to 30 minutes. The removal process is very similar to the insertion process. You must not eat anything for about 24 hours prior to the removal. You must not drink anything for 12 hours.
The balloon is deflated by passing a scope through your mouth. You should be able to go home the same day. You must start consuming a healthy and balanced diet in addition to adhering to an exercise routine to maintain your weight loss. There are benefits to the balloon in comparison to the other available procedures. This includes:
• Lowering the range of your BMI
• If you do not have health insurance, this procedure costs less
• There are fewer dietary restrictions than with the other treatments
The Steps Required for the Gastric Balloon
You will have help in understanding the procedure including the steps you need to take prior to having the gastric balloon inserted. The first step is a consultation with the doctor. This will make certain you understand the procedure and what to expect. If you have insurance, the doctor will advise you what is required for approval and help you with the process. Our doctor will also give you a push to help ensure you change your habits. This is because our doctor wants you to be successful once the balloon has been removed. The chances are good the doctor will make a suggestion for a support group meeting. Attending these meetings give you the opportunity to listen to what individuals who have already had this procedure have to say.
The process of completing the tests required prior to your procedure, taking care of any additional steps and receiving approval from your insurance company requires approximately two weeks. At this point, you will be on the path to develop new diet and lifestyle habits for your future. During this period of time, you will have your blood work performed, have an EKG, any tests necessary prior to your procedure and be provided with any instructions you need. You will speak to the doctor to give your consent, have a physical examination and any details for the last minute will be handled. You will be told not to drink or eat anything after midnight the night prior to your procedure. One of the easiest, simplest and fastest weight loss procedures is the balloon.
In most cases, the procedure requires 30 minutes or less. You should be able to go home the same day. Your best option is to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with your for just a day or two. You should be fully recovered within three to four days. During the first two weeks after having the gastric balloon inserted, you will most likely be placed on a diet of clear liquids. After this period, your transition into a healthier and active lifestyle will commence. Either a nutritionist or dietitian will help you find a diet that is both healthy and appropriate.
The support of a weight loss group is extremely helpful. Participating in this type of group can reduce your recovery period and increase your weight loss over the long term by as much as 12 percent. You will be given the information regarding all the support groups in your area. A follow-up appointment is usually scheduled with the doctor during the first two weeks after your balloon has been inserted. This provides you with the opportunity to ask questions and ensures your recovery is progressing properly. Any additional appointments will be scheduled as needed. It is important to remember this is not a solution for the long term. If you are interested in a gastric balloon, feel free to get in touch with the team at Rattinan Clinic in Bangkok. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!