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An intragastric balloon is a soft silicone ball that is endoscopically inserted into the stomach, partially filling it and creating a feeling of fullness and satiety that facilitates compliance with the diet.

The biggest advantage of using a gastric balloon is that it limits the amount of food we eat and prevents overeating.

Operation Process

What is Intragastric Balloon?

This helps to stick to your diet. Over time, eating behavior changes, adequate eating habits are formed, allowing to maintain the result achieved after weight loss and removal of the gastric balloon.

This technique has been successfully used for a long time, great experience and stability of results make this practice safe, effective and widespread. For this reason, the types and advantages of gastric ballooning are also quite numerous.

Successful elimination of the problem of obesity depends on the correct treatment; in most cases, it is necessary to take appropriate dietary measures supported by regular controlled physical activity.

In cases where these measures are not sufficient, there are therapeutic alternatives that can help and complement the treatment.

One such alternative may be intragastric balloon endoscopy. This is called a Heliosphere BAG (named after the region that inflates in space), intragastric balloon or gastric balloon.

3 Steps How to Place Intragastric Balloon?

  • Through the gastric tube, two flexible tubes are sent into the stomach to access and visualize the stomach.
  • Sterile saline (serum) is injected into the deflated balloon that has reached the stomach to help it grow and take up space.
  • Once the balloon has gained volume, it is separated from the tube it was sent through and the two tubes are removed back through the stomach tube.

Which Conditions Are Not Suitable for Intragastric Balloon?

Non-surgical gastric balloon application can be performed for people with a body mass index of 30 and above and who have weight-related diseases such as blood pressure and diabetes. Those who carry for obesity surgery are suitable for the operation.

At the same time, emergency patients who need to lose weight quickly, the extremely obese and those who need temporary obesity treatment have suitable conditions for the operation.

However, people with these conditions are not suitable for the gastric balloon;

  • Those with a body mass index below 30 and;
  • Those who want to lose weight for aesthetic purposes
  • Those with gastroenteritis
  • People with esophageal problems
  • Those suffering from gastric distress
  • Previous gastric surgery
  • Those with psychological problems
  • Those with a large stomach hernia
  • Alcohol addicts
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers
  • Gastric balloon application cannot be performed in patients with blood clotting problems.

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How Much Space Does a Balloon Take Up in the Stomach?

As it is known, the purpose of gastric balloon application is to reduce the internal volume of the stomach and to experience weight loss by restricting the food taken. A typical human stomach has an average volume of 1-1.5 liters. Gastric balloons can be filled with liquid/air up to 700-900 milligrams.

The volume of the gastric balloon is determined by the doctor taking into account various criteria, so it may not be correct to give a fixed rate. However, if an average figure is given, this corresponds to 1/3 or half of the stomach volume.