Treatment of obesity with stomach balloon

What is a stomach balloon?

Stomach balloon; It is applied to obesity patients in order to change eating habits and to give a feeling of fullness. It is a non-surgical obesity treatment method that is applied especially in people who are at risk of surgical techniques, people who are afraid of surgery and anesthesia, emergency situations requiring rapid weight loss, and situations requiring temporary obesity treatment. It can be applied successfully under mild sleepiness or under general anesthesia. The soft and safe silicone balloon is filled with sterile saline (saline). This balloon, which is placed, provides a feeling of fullness in the stomach. The placed balloon is removed from the stomach under anesthesia approximately 6 months later. Stomach balloon placement and removal procedures are outpatient procedures, do not need to stay in the hospital, the patient can go home after the procedure.

Advantages and disadvantages

Since the patient’s feeling of hunger is reduced The need to eat is also reduced and it is provided to lose weight successfully compared to other diet programs. The procedure should be supported by diet and exercise. The patient’s healthy eating habits and regular exercise helps to achieve the targeted success. The procedure is valid for a period of 6 months only. Some patients may not be able to comply with restrictive procedures. Nausea and vomiting, especially during the initial period, can be observed.

Patients with a body mass index of 35, those who have reservations for surgical procedures, are determined to get rid of their excess weight, accept dietary recommendations and meet psychological criteria, over-sweet or over-eating Suitable for people who do not have a disorder, who accept post-procedure follow-up program, who do not have reflux or type II diabetes.

15 to 20 kilos can be lost

Average 15 – Although 20 kilos are targeted, this rate may increase depending on the patient’s discipline and fitness for diet. Three weeks after the stomach balloon application, 3 hours of physical activity should be done per week according to the surgeon’s recommendations.

Things to watch out for

Food should be eaten slowly after placing the stomach balloon and the food must be thoroughly chewed. The feeling of satiety should be followed and eating should not be continued. 3 to 4 meals a day should be consumed. Foods that are low in fat and rich in protein should be consumed. Because protein is very important for the preservation of muscle mass. Protein deficiency can lead to hair loss! Food imbalance should be avoided by diversifying the dishes. Support should be obtained from the diet and exercise specialist. Between meals, at least 2 liters of non-carbonated and calorie-free drinks should be drunk daily.

It should not be forgotten that a healthy eating habit should be obtained and regular exercise should be done in order to achieve the targeted success with stomach balloon.

Professor Dr. Kamil Gülpınar

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