The gastric balloon, sometimes called the intragastric balloon is a soft, silicone balloon that is inserted into the stomach and filled with sterile saline. This is a non-surgical procedure, done without general anesthesia. The balloon is usually left in the stomach for six months and is sometimes done as preparation for other weight loss surgeries.
Gastric Balloon Surgery is a nonsurgical technique during which a deflated silicone balloon is inserted into the patient’s stomach. Inside the stomach, the balloon will be filled with be inflated, closed tightly and released in the stomach, filing a significant part of it. That is why the patient will feel full after ingesting only a small amount of food.
The silicone balloon will occupy about two thirds of the stomach. After six months the balloon will be removed because its quality will be affected by the acidic environment in which it stays. The procedure does not take more than 30 minutes and the patient will be able to return home the next day if there are no complications.
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