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Usage of a gastric balloon to reduce weight – Part 2

How much weight can I lose with the gastric balloon?

• The intragastric balloon is a tool to aid weight loss.
• It must be used in conjunction with diet, exercise and a behaviour modification program.
• The amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how closely you follow your diet and adopt proper long-term lifestyle changes.

What are the possible side effects associated with the intragastric balloon?

• It is very likely that the presence of the balloon in the stomach will cause nausea or vomiting for a few days after placement.
• The intensity of which can vary from person to person
• The clinic will prescribe medication to help minimise these potential effects.
• These can persist during the first few days.
• There exists the possibility that you will lose only a small amount of weight
• Your commitment to dietary and behavioural changes will determine your success.

Will I be able to feel the balloon in my stomach?

• There will be discomfort during the first few days after the procedure.
• From then on, the gastric balloon will give you a feeling of fullness.
• After eating you may feel the balloon.

How long will it take to recover after the procedure?

• You should plan at least three days of inactivity to recover from the procedure.
• You will be able to resume normal activity sooner or later.
• This depends on how quickly your body adjusts to the balloon.

Does the gastric balloon require frequent visits to my doctor after the procedure?

• The follow-up program is critical to success of the balloon and in learning new lifestyle skills.
• You will meet with your lifestyle team at least once a month.
• During the first six months, it will be for checking whether the balloon is in place.
• Then bi-monthly visit is required.
• Once the balloon is removed, visit is required for an additional six months.
• During this time your progress will be evaluated.
• You will learn valuable principles of health, nutrition and exercise that will provide you a foundation for long-term success.

Will the intragastric balloon limit my activities?

• During the first week of the procedure you should not plan any heavy activities.
• Once your body has adjusted to the balloon you can continue your normal activities.
• Starting a regular exercise program is highly recommended.
• This will improve your success.

Can I eat anything I want? Are there any food restrictions?

• There are no food restrictions.
• You will not feel like eating as much as you used to.
• In addition, if you eat fatty foods or sweets, you may feel unwell.
• Excessive overeating while the balloon is in place can prove dangerous.
• Alcohol in moderation is fine during this time, but excess should be avoided.
• It is always best to take advice from the doctor depending on the health conditions of what you can eat.

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