Gastric Balloon works by inserting an inflatable balloon in the stomach, therefore leaving less room for food; this causes patient to eat less, since they feel full sooner.
The gastric balloon procedure is performed by the surgeon first numb the throat and possibly giving the patient a sedative. The balloon is inserted into the stomach and is filled with either air or saline solution depending on the type of balloon inserted.
The gastric balloon is non-invasive, but is also a temporary fix since the balloons are removed after only 6 months. The purpose of gastric balloon is to create a long-term diet and exercise program that is medically supervised. It enables the patients to “jump start” their weight loss by assisting them throughout the process.
Either one balloon or two balloons may be inserted depending on the patient and their doctor’s recommendations. It is referred to as Dual-Balloon when a second balloon is included in the procedure.
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