The gastric balloon is not a gastric reduction surgery method, so no surgery is performed in this application. The gastric balloon is one of the non-surgical methods used in the treatment of obesity and even the most preferred.
The gastric balloon method is only used for overweight and super obese patients who are preparing for morbid obesity surgery, for weight loss before surgery. In addition, it can be applied as an auxiliary method, albeit very rarely, in patients who are slightly overweight and are not accepted for surgery.
The procedure is generally preferred for people who have difficulty in following a diet or who cannot gain healthy eating habits despite the diet they follow. In addition to the operation, exercise and diet must be done. During the progress of the procedure, patients have time to make their diets healthy and get used to them, as well as to organize their daily lives by doing sports.
A hollow balloon is placed from the mouth to the stomach under light anesthesia under the guidance of endoscopy. Then the balloon is inflated and fullness is created in the patient’s stomach and a feeling of satiety is provided. Gastric balloon is defined as a non-surgical method.
However, an important difference from other methods is that the balloon is removed after a certain period of time (6 months) and the results are not permanent. The balloon is used in the temporary treatment of obesity. It helps to lose weight and maintain the lost weight, and also helps to slim down the patients before the obesity surgery and reduce the surgical risks. Processing time is 10-15 minutes. Since it is a special application according to the weight that the patient should lose, how much the balloon will be inflated in a way that will not harm the person is determined by our obesity surgeons. After the procedure, the patients are rested and discharged. If the person does not adopt a suitable diet or exercise program after the balloon is removed, he may gain weight again.