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Read this gastric balloon procedure article for detailed information about the intragastric procedure.
To begin the gastric balloon procedure, I insert a small, deflated silicon balloon into your stomach, using a flexible endoscopic tube to create a direct pathway from your mouth, through your esophagus. I then fill the balloon with a sterile saline solution and remove the endoscopic tube. The balloon remains in your stomach to limit the amount of space available for food, thus enabling you to consciously eat less.
The behavior modification phase is a six-month long commitment to learning the principles of health, nutrition and exercise. You will meet with your lifestyle team at least once a month to evaluate your progress, as well as find the motivation and support needed to build a long-term, healthy lifestyle regimen that works for you. This phase is crucial to maintaining your weight loss and achieving the health benefits associated with lower weight.
The removal and follow-up phase begins with removing the balloon from your stomach. I will again insert a flexible endoscopic tube through your mouth, down your esophagus and into your stomach. I then deflate the balloon and extract it with a small tool inserted through the tube. Finally, the tube is removed. Once the balloon has been removed, you will continue meeting with your lifestyle team to reinforce the health, nutrition and exercise habits you’ve developed.
Once the Gastric Balloon is placed into your stomach, it immediately reduces the amount of space for food, which means you will begin eating less immediately. Though you will begin seeing results quickly, you will be unable to maintain the weight loss if you do not follow through with the nutrition and exercise program created by your lifestyle team.
We also offer a variety of patient resources to help you choose what type of support you need and when. Our Online Support Group meets quarterly to provide real-time emotional encouragement, as well as continued nutritional education. Can’t join a session? Just playback the recording of the day’s discussion at your convenience.