Gastric Ballooning - Signs, Symptoms, Treatment

Gastric Ballooning Details

Gastric ballooning is procedure which is targeted towards reduction in weight of an individual who is obese, and has lost the ability to complete his day to day life activities. Excessive weight is a major problem and it leads to extra pressure on your heart, kidneys and other vital body organs. It limits your work potential and leaves you dependent on others. Gastric ballooning helps you in reducing your body weight by altering your capacity of taking in food. This procedure has shown great results with some minor complications in some individuals.

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Before Gastric Ballooning

It is very important for the body to prepare for the procedure. Your doctor will assess your body condition and upon the diagnosis will suggest you to follow a routine before the surgery. This might include change in eating habits, reaching a target weight, exercise, avoiding certain medications etc. This will facilitate the surgeon to carry out the procedure on you and you will get the maximum benefit from the surgery.

How it is performed

Gastric ballooning is performed on the individuals suffering from obesity. The procedure is targeted for helping individuals lose weight a bit faster than the usual process of exercise and dieting. The procedure does not involve any surgery or incision. In this procedure an endoscope is inserted through your mouth and is made to travel to your stomach through   food pipe, endoscope is equipped with all the instruments including a camera, lightening source, a gastric balloon etc. After the scope has reached your stomach, your doctor will start inflating the balloon and will release it into your stomach in the inflated form. After the balloon has been released from the scope, the scope is withdrawn and you are kept under observation for some time. This will limit your eating capacity and a reduced intake of food will allow your body to use the stored fats and carbohydrates thus increasing the rate of weight reduction.


The procedure is no miracle and takes time to show its results. The best results are shown in the patients who have a will to recover and lose weight. You should keep your monthly targets for losing weight and it is always good to follow a strict diet plan. The only problem that a person might face is with excessive skin; your doctor might advise you to undergo skin reduction surgery after you have successfully lost the target weight. That will also assist in shedding several pounds quickly.

Potential Risks

The procedure usually does not require hospitalization and patient can go home after they do not show any signs of problem or discomfort. The major issue that doctors have in performing the procedure is the weight of patient. They have to set a target weight for the patient as it leads to reduce the risks during procedure. Some patients might suffer from irregular breathing or maybe small cardiac problems like Blood pressure etc. 

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