¿What is the Intragastric Balloon?
It is a soft silicone balloon that is placed in the endoscopy suite inside the stomach and filled with sterile saline mixed with methylene blue dye as a security feature.
The intragastric balloon is a relatively low risk procedure that is used to achieve a progressive weight loss in a period of up to 6 months, by reducing the space that the stomach has to receive food; and creating dietary habits that will endure long after the balloon is removed.
Advantages and benefits of the intragastric balloon
At general levels, the advantages and benefits
of the intragastric balloon can be summarized in:
Fast and Ambulatory procedure
The placement of the intragastric balloon inside the patient’s stomach involves its introduction through the mouth and, once inside the stomach it filled to the level Dr. Ceballos decide according with each patient.
The introduction of the intragastric balloon into the body is done orally, so it is not necessary to apply any type of incision, so there is not risk of bleeding nor food leakage.
The objective is that, once the treatment is stopped, the patient has acquired healthy lifestyle habits that will continue to facilitate adequate and gradual weight loss.
What’s the procedure?
AssessmentViability should be evaluated with Dr. Ceballos and if the patient is a candidate for placement, the procedure is schedule.1
IndicationsLiquid diet for 3 day prior to procedure.2
ProcessAn endoscopy of the digestive tract is performed to assess the characteristics of the stomach, as well as discard conditions that contraindicate the placement of the balloon (gastric ulcer, large hiatal hernia).3
PlacementThe balloon is inserted through the mouth and under endoscopic vision is placed inside the stomach, inflated with saline mixed with methylene blue dye (the amount of fluid is determined based on the size of the stomach), the proper position of the balloon is verified and the endoscope is removed.4
Patient dischargeThe patient spends 60 minutes in recovery, Also patients receives some instructions and then is discharged (the same day).5
Post-surgical careThe nutritionist will provide a specific diet and Dr. Ceballos will give you specific instructions.6