A lot of people now choose to have a gastric balloon fitted. The balloon is perfect for those who struggle to lose weight through diet and exercise alone, but who do not want to go under the knife. Before you have the balloon, however, you need to have a conversation with the surgeon who will determine whether you are a right candidate. This includes demonstrating that you are fully committed to the process.
The Benefits of the Gastric Balloon
There are numerous benefits associated with the gastric balloon, but the biggest one is that you don’t have to go under the knife. This also means that you don’t have to worry about the associated risks. Furthermore, it is a whole lot more affordable. The balloon is also a temporary procedure, allowing you to lose between 20% and 30% of your excess weight, while having the time to change your bad habits.
The Risks of the Gastric Balloon
The vast majority of people who have the gastric balloon will never experience any problems. However, risks do exist, including perforation or bleeding during the insertion or removal, although this is very rare. More commonly, people can experience:
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Abdominal discomfort.
- A heavy sensation in the stomach.
- Stomach or back pain.
- Acid reflux.
How to Prepare for the Procedure
Before the balloon is inserted, your physician will talk to you about the diet you will have to follow after the procedure. They may also advise you on an exercises program. Additionally, you cannot drink anything for six hours before the procedure, or eat anything for 12 hours before the procedure.
The Importance of Being Committed
Once the balloon is in place, you will need to stick to a strict healthy eating plan. You should also complete the exercise program as recommended to you by your physician. In so doing, you will get the most out of your balloon.
Removal of the Balloon
A gastric balloon is usually in place for no more than six months. Then, it is removed the same way it was inserted: through an endoscopic tube. Your stomach will then instantly return to its previous shape and size.
Gaining Weight After the Balloon
The balloon is a temporary solution and does not make any permanent changes to the stomach. Hence, you need to make sure that you follow a healthy diet and lifestyle, and that you commit to this for life. It is said that it takes only about two weeks to break an old habit, and another two weeks to form a new one. Since you have the balloon in place for a six months period of time, you should be able to form a habit out of eating healthily and partaking in regular exercise. However, if you cannot maintain that, then you will see that you will start to put the weight back on. This is why a physician will monitor your psychological commitment to the procedure before agreeing to go ahead with it.