ORBERA Gastric Balloon (Intragastric Balloon)
Indications For ORBERA Gastric Balloon
- People who want to lose 15 to 25lb of their total body weight
- People with BMI 27 or higher
Contraindications For ORBERA Gastric Balloon
- Gastric discomfort
- Gastroesophageal reflex disease
- Gastric cancer
- In case adverse health consequences occur as a result of weight loss
Gastroscopy is carried out just before the insertion of a balloon. It is done to ensure that there is no problem or contraindication in placing the balloon within the stomach. Around 400ml to 700ml of saline solution is poured into the balloon and that helps in reducing the capacity of the stomach to store food. Thus, it ensures less eating, early fullness and a desired reduction in weight. The overall time for performing this procedure is only 20 to 30 minutes. It’s a day-procedure and no hospital stay is required. In most cases patients go home on the same day.
After this procedure, the patient will be advised of certain dietary and lifestyle modifications. Also, it does not require the taking of long-term medications.
The maximum time of its placement is 6 months and it should be immediately removed after that time, to prevent any complications.
Risks and Complications
This occurs when the balloon is not sufficiently inflated or when leakage occurs from it. The leak fluid then passes from the stomach to the intestine and causes perforation there. It requires immediate medical attention.
Obstruction of the oesophagus
This can occur if the balloon pushes back into the oesophagus. In this case surgery is needed or it can be removed endoscopically.
In some people, an immediate weight loss programme can lead to drastic complications in the patient who has undergone the procedure. It is therefore advisable to consider this option thoroughly.
Though, saline is an antiseptic agent, if leakage occurs into the intestine, this can lead to increased risk of infection and its subsequent complications. Usually fever occurs along with the generalized body malaise and discomfort.
These are some of the risks and complications noted so far. Unexpected complications can sometimes occur after this procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. How much will I lose weight after this procedure?
A. Studies have indicated that a person can lose weight around 20% of their body weight within 6 months of its use. However, it depends on the person and his/her lifestyle and dietary habits.
Q. What will happen if I overeat after this procedure?
A. Overeating may prove dangerous and can lead to vomiting. So it is advisable to eat within a limit. Due to the placement of the balloon, you will achieve satiety earlier.
Q. What is the recovery time after balloon insertion?
A. As a patient, you are asked to avoid any kind of strenuous activity for at least 5 days. You will be able to recommence normal activity depending on your body’s adjustment to the balloon.
Q. Will people know that I am having a balloon in my stomach?
A. It is impossible for others to know. Since no surgery is carried out, there will be no evident marks or scars.
Q. Is it possible that I will gain weight again after the balloon removal?
A. This totally depends on you and your dietary/other habits. If you eat in moderation and enjoy regular physical activity, then your weight can be maintained.