People who are interested in weight loss may be interested in this video, which details gastric balloon surgery. The gastric balloon is a smooth, spherical structure that sits inside a person’s stomach. The purpose is to trick the brain into believing that the person is full during a meal. It is good for people who do not want an approach as invasive as bariatric surgery. It is designed to stay in a person’s stomach for six months, although the doctors recommend that people follow up after 12 months as well.
It is estimated that people will lose about 10 to 12 percent of their body weight while they are using this balloon. It is ideal for people with BMIs of 30 to 40, although in some cases, people with higher BMIs can use them as well. This balloon is inserted endoscopically with light sedation (deflated). The deployment catheter will be released, leaving the balloon in the stomach. Then, the balloon will be removed in an equally simple procedure that involves an endoscope while the patient is asleep. Some people may experience abdominal cramping and/or nausea, and a two-week liquid diet is recommended. People can usually go back to their normal daily routine after the procedure, although you should talk to your doctor rather than make assumptions.