What is the Swallowable Gastric Balloon?
The Swallowable Gastric Balloon is an innovative weight loss solution that does not require endoscopy or anesthesia. Unlike traditional gastric balloons, this new-generation balloon is swallowed with water. Once ingested, it takes up space in the stomach, providing a feeling of fullness and reducing appetite. By slowing down the speed of food passage through the stomach, it allows individuals to feel satiated with smaller amounts of food. It is a non-surgical option that helps in the treatment of obesity.
The procedure involves swallowing a capsule, which is then filled with saline via catheter under the doctor’s guidance using X-ray imaging. The balloon limits the stomach’s capacity, leading to reduced food intake. Once the individual reaches their desired weight, the capsule will pass through naturally.
Who is a Candidate for Swallowable Gastric Balloon?
The Swallowable Gastric Balloon procedure is ideal for overweight individuals who have not found success with traditional weight loss methods. Those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 27 and below 38 are eligible for this treatment.
Swallowable Gastric Balloon Treatment Duration and Recovery Time
The entire procedure takes only 20 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis. It is recommended to take one or two days off work post-procedure as nausea and abdominal cramping are common side effects. These symptoms can be managed with prescribed medication, and normal activities can resume after the third day.
Success Rate of Swallowable Gastric Balloon
Reviews of the Swallowable Gastric Balloon indicate a high success rate, with most patients losing 70%-80% of their weight in the first three months.