FAQs about the Gastric Balloon
Here are a few of the most common questions asked about the gastric balloon.
Is the gastric balloon suitable for everyone?
No. It is becoming a popular choice for a great many patients but as with any procedure – surgical or non-surgical, there are a set of criteria which must be used to determine suitability for a procedure.
Some patients may find that for a variety of reasons, the gastric balloon is not an option for them. These reasons include treatment for cancer, hernia or any other disease which affects the stomach and/or gullet; history of substance abuse; chronic heart, liver or kidney disease; pregnancy or breastfeeding, some psychiatric conditions; steroid therapy; conditions such as haemophilia which cause problems with blood clotting/bleeding; any previous obesity surgery such as gastric bypass.
Do I have to follow a special diet?
You will find that you have to have smaller portions of food and that you feel fuller a lot more quickly then you used to. You can eat most foods although you will be advised to follow a healthy diet consisting of fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, fish and chicken and starchy carbohydrates.
This is not to say that you can’t treat yourself but be aware that anything sweet or sugary can make you feel sickly. And, if you do have too many sweet things then there is the risk of gaining weight.
Is it a permanent solution?
No. The gastric balloon is a short term solution to what is a long term problem. The balloon only stays it for a maximum of 6 months after which then it is removed. You will have to stick to a pre-agreed diet and exercise plan, discussed beforehand with your medical team.
Is it dangerous?
The gastric balloon is a safe procedure. If something goes wrong then you will need to contact your specialist immediately. The most likely scenario is leaking from the balloon or actual bursting.
Gastric balloon guide sections
- Gastric Balloon - an overview
- Benefits of the Gastric Balloon
- Risks of the Gastric Balloon
- Before the Gastric Balloon procedure
- The Gastric Balloon procedure
- After the Gastric Balloon procedure
- Aftercare following the Gastric Balloon procedure
- FAQs about the Gastric Balloon
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- Types of weight loss surgery
- Benefits of weight loss surgery
- Risks of Weight loss surgery
- Suitability for weight loss surgery
- Weight loss surgery criteria guidelines
- Exclusion Criteria for weight loss surgery
- Finding a obesity surgeon
- Weight loss surgery abroad
- Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Gastric band surgery
- Biliopancreatic Diversion
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Gastric Balloon
- Gastric Stimulation
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- Obesity surgery and children
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- Obesity surgery and older people
- Obesity Surgery and pregnancy
- Costs of weight loss surgery
- Weight loss surgery on the NHS
- Paying for weight loss surgery privately
- Cosmetic Surgery After obesity surgery
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