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8 Facts You Must Know Before Gastric Balloon Insertion


  1. A gastric balloon is an option for those with obesity who wants to reduce chances of developing other serious diseases such as diabetes, ischemic heart disease, paralysis and colon cancer.
  2. The insertion of gastric balloon is done by endoscopy and a balloon filled with 400-500 cc of liquid called methylene blue.
  3. On the first week after the insertion, you may experience nausea, vomiting and belching.
  4. The balloon can be left in the stomach for 1 year. But, it can be removed before 1 year if you are already satisfied with your weight loss.
  5. The balloon makes you feel full which means you will eat less.
  6. Usually, gastric balloon can make you loss up to 24 kilograms in 1 year.
  7. A gastric balloon is not suggested in pregnant woman, patients with esophageal and gastric disorders; and those patients with severe conditions such as ischemic heart disease.
  8. A gastric balloon size can be adjusted within the 1 year period that it has been inserted. It is a non-invasive, non-surgical weight loss procedure more effective than dietary pills.

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