It is a treatment method that restricts the food intake of the stomach by placing a silicone balloon inside the stomach, thus allowing the patient to reach their ideal weight much more easily with the gastric balloon. You can lose more than 15 kilos with this treatment and with the accompaniment of a nutritionist.
In this procedure, the patient is sedated and the deflated balloon is inserted through endoscopy when it is verified that it is in the stomach, it will fill and close its valve, it usually occupies 30 to 40% of the stomach volume, the balloon inside the stomach lasts for 6 to 12 months. During its placement in the hospital, the patient will not feel pain and will last approximately 15 minutes. This procedure is minimally invasive which does not require hospitalization of the patient.
To remove the balloon is done in the same way, by endoscopy, deflating it in order to remove it.
The first days after having placed the gastric balloon, the patient may have nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, which diminish and last approximately between 24 and 72 hours.