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The Intragastric Balloon

About

The intragastric balloon is a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical tool for weight loss. It acts as a non-surgical restrictive procedure. The intragastric balloon will occupy a large portion of the stomach; creating more prompt feelings of satiety with less food. In conjunction with a supervised diet and lifestyle modifications, the intragastric balloon can be used as a tool for weight loss. The balloon will kick start your weight loss and help you establish the lifestyle changes required for long term weight loss. The intragastric balloon is not a long term solution and is removed after 6 months.

How it works

The Intragastric balloon is a soft, expandable silicone balloon that is inserted orally through the mouth and esophagus into the stomach. Topical anesthetics and muscle relaxants are used to numb the throat and relax muscles to aid the insertion of the deflated balloon. Once the balloon is inserted into the stomach, it is filled with either a sterile saline solution, or air via the filing tube. The balloon is too large for the stomach to pass and floats freely in the stomach while creating a greater feeling of satiety. Placement of the balloon generally takes 20-30 minutes, however can vary.

Advantages

Non-surgical & non-pharmaceutical:

The device is inserted endoscopically through the mouth and does not involve any general anesthesia, surgical intervention or permanent alteration to the body.

Decrease Appetite:

the balloon will create an immediate feeling of satiety or lack of hunger, allowing you to satiated while consuming smaller portions.

Short procedure:

This non-invasive procedure takes only 20-30 minutes and is a safe way to kick start your weight loss.

Lose more weight than traditional diets:

With proper adherence to diet and exercise, patients can lose up to 15-20kg.

Eligibility

The Intragastric Balloon is an ideal tool for individuals looking to achieve significant weight loss in a short period. With commitment to a long-term health and lifestyle change, continued success may be achieved after the removal of the intragastric balloon. Generally patients who meet the criteria below may qualify for the intragastric balloon procedure. Speak to an AMBI representative about your eligibility.

  • At least 18 years old
  • Have a BMI of 30 or more
  • Are prepared to commit to new lifestyle and eating habits
  • Do not drink in excess and do not have a drug dependency
  • There may be medical reasons that would preclude you from this procedure, such as previous GI surgery – your AMBI team will address this specific cases with you in advance of any procedure.

Risks & Complications

During the first few days after placement of the intragastric balloon you may feel nausea, cramping or vomiting. These symptoms are normal and can be expected. It is important to consume plenty of liquids during this initial period; your doctor will prescribe a specific liquid diet progression to follow. For further information on risks and complications, please speak to an AMBI representative.