Over Weight or obesity is a complex health problem, which is a result of many health issues. That’s why the treatment is also very complicated. When a person are being obese for a particular reason, other people may or may not be obese for that particular reason. So a treatment that suits for person may or may not suit some other person. On the other side, some disease create some complexity to treat weight loss treatment. As a result, weight loss treatment is a time complex and time-consuming process.
Balloon procedure is a type of weight loss treatment that becomes popular these days. In medical term, it is known as gastric balloon. Basically, it is a non-surgical tool to treat weight loss problem or obesity.
Gastric balloon procedure
Gastric balloon is a soft and flexible balloon that is placed in the stomach. Normally it is inserted orally. Then it is extended with saline fluid. When it becomes too large, it can’t pass through the intestine so it floats in your stomach. Consequently, you feel full and you tend to eat less, which leads to weight loss.
Suitability for weight loss
There are some precondition for going with gastric balloon procedure. Doctors suggest this operation if the patient is over 32 years old. It is suitable for those people who are excessively overweight and risky to go for major surgery. Some other facts are there based on your health condition which are considered by your doctor.
What are the major benefits of this procedure?
Suppose you have gone through this treatment successfully then it undoubtedly will reduce you weight in the long term. At the same it will minimize the obesity related other diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, sleeping disorder, immobility etc. the most amazing matter is, it is not painful process. It is done within a few hours so your daily life will not interrupted.
Is there any alternative to Gastric balloon?
You have already known that the principle of losing weight is eating less and being active throughout the day. But it is often difficult to eat less and perform workouts. So you can try it. As it may not appropriate for all so there are some alternatives including sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, gastric banding etc. but these alternatives requires to be at hospital and to some extent these are painful.
Balloon installation procedure
- It is placed into the stomach orally. So you have to swallow this through your mouth.
- Before this, your doctor will examine your stomach through a endoscopic camera. If everything looks good then he insert the balloon through your mouth
- To makes swallowing process easy, you will be given a throat spray that makes your throat numb.
- When your balloon is inside your stomach doctor will fill it with sterile saline through tube attached with it. When it is filled, your doctor will pull the catheter out.
- As the balloon has self-sealing valve, it will float in the stomach.
Time for keeping removing of balloon
Usually it is placed for 6 months; over the period, acidic content will be weak. If you need to keep it more than 6 months then your doctor will replace it with new one. But It is not recommended to keep one balloon more 6 months. Removing process is same as the placement process. It is removed through the mouth.
So it is easy to place and remove so you will not suffer for this treatment for long time but you may have some pain, bleeding and vomiting. Whatever you do please take some time and if possible do some study to go with any particular treatment.