How Does the Gastric Balloon Work?
The procedure itself takes no more than 30 minutes and can be in place for three to six months. The process begins by inserting a deflated soft, silicone balloon through the mouth, placing the deflated balloon inside the stomach. Then the balloon is inflated with air or liquid, and thus reduces a patient’s stomach capacity.The Intragastric Balloon, or the Gastric Balloon, is a non-surgical procedure that places a balloon in the stomach, and then is inflated. This balloon fills the stomach with a volume of about 500ml. This technique is known as restrictive in bariatrics, meaning the smaller stomach capacity allows patients to feel fuller faster – helping them reduce their caloric intake.
Who Is a Candidate for Intragastric Balloon?
Intragastric balloon is an especially attractive option because of its lower BMI requirement. With bariatric surgeries, many surgeons require patients to have 40 or even 35 body mass indexes (BMIs). With the gastric balloon patients, can undergo the procedure with just 27 BMI. This means that several patients may be suitable candidates for this procedure.
Sometimes bariatric surgeons require bariatric surgery prospects to lose weight, thus reducing death and risks while undergoing bariatric surgery. Because of this, morbidly obese patients, people with BMIs in the 50s and 60s, can jump-start weight loss for more intense bariatric surgery procedures later on. Then when the physician is satisfied with the weight they lost, they can remove the balloon and go with a more aggressive approach.