Is the weight loss balloon safe?

Dr. Abu Dayyeh says the balloon procedure is safe and fully reversible. Severe side effects, such as small bowel obstruction, perforation or tears in the stomach, and bleeding are rare.

What are the risks of a gastric balloon?

This can cause a blockage that may require an additional procedure or surgery to remove the device. Other possible risks include overinflation, acute pancreatitis, ulcers or a hole (perforation) in the stomach wall, which might require surgery to fix.

Is the gastric balloon worth it?

Gastric balloons are an alternative to bariatric surgery for people with lower body mass indexes. Most patients lose between 20 and 50 pounds over six months (about 10 to 20% of total body weight). Gastric balloons can be effective, they don’t require surgery, and they can be placed in a matter of minutes.

How much weight can you lose with the balloon surgery?

A gastric bypass patient can lose over 100 pounds, and candidates for the gastric balloon will typically lose 20 – 40 pounds (or 10 – 20% of their body weight) over the six months the balloon in place.

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How safe is the Orbera balloon?

The ORBERA™ Gastric Balloon will only remain in your stomach for six months. Any longer than that will put you at risk for complications, such as bowel obstruction, which can be fatal.

Side Effect Number of people who had the side effect Harm, or possible harm
Burping/belching 39 out of 160 (24%) None

What is the safest weight loss surgery?

Gastric Banding

This the simplest and safest procedure of the bariatric surgeries. The weight loss is lower than the other surgeries, however. Also, individuals with gastric banding are more likely to regain weight in the long run.

How painful is a gastric balloon?

You may experience some pain which can be caused if your oesophagus or stomach is punctured whilst inserting the gastric balloon, although this is very rare. You may also feel pain from the inflation of the balloon, however most people refer to this as more of a discomfort.

How much does the balloon pill cost?

The balloon pill costs about $4,000, a fraction of what a gastric bypass surgery costs, and is much less invasive.

Can you drink alcohol with a gastric balloon?

Can I drink alcohol? Although alcohol consumption in moderation will not affect your gastric balloon, it may cause heartburn. It is important to limit as the extra calories won’t help your weight-loss!

Which weight loss surgery has the highest success rate?

The study found that gastric bypass appeared to be most effective for weight loss: Gastric bypass surgery resulted in an average 31 percent loss of total body weight in the first year and 25 percent of total body weight after five years.

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How much weight do you lose in first month with gastric balloon?

Our experience shows that a gastric balloon procedure typically results in a 2-3 stone weight loss over the first 6 months that the balloon is in place, although some have successfully lost as much more.

What can you eat after gastric balloon?

Starting the day after the balloon for two weeks.

Other “liquid food” can be included such as low-fat, strained soups, non- dairy milks, or skim milk.

How do you sleep after a gastric balloon?

Use your surgery pillows as extra support for your body. However, if you want my personal opinion, keep on side sleeping or sleeping on your back for at least two weeks after surgery. If you feel like you can’t give up on being a stomach-sleeper, try forgetting this habit from before the surgery date.

Is balloon surgery safe?

Dr. Abu Dayyeh says the balloon procedure is safe and fully reversible. Severe side effects, such as small bowel obstruction, perforation or tears in the stomach, and bleeding are rare.

Can gastric balloon cause death?

Since 2016, the FDA has received reports of a total of 12 deaths that occurred in patients with liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems worldwide. Seven of these 12 deaths were patients in the U.S. (four with the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System, and three with the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System).

Is the balloon pill safe?

The FDA views it as a medical device because it is an ingested material that occupies space in the stomach (and then passes from the body naturally via the GI tract). It’s meant to be used along with diet and exercise. It is approved for people with a BMI of 25-40.

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