Ingestible Gastric Balloon (without Endoscopy)

Ingestible gastric balloon is a new generation gastric balloon method that does not require anesthesia and endoscopy and is swallowed with water. The ingestible gastric balloon, which creates a feeling of satiety by taking up space in the stomach, slows down the rate at which food passes through the stomach. Thus, it helps to reduce appetite. The balloon dissolves on its own after 4 months, so it does not require a repeat endoscopic procedure. Thanks to the volume it occupies in the stomach, it provides the opportunity to be satiated with a smaller amount of food.

What is an Ingestible Gastric Balloon? How to Apply?

Compressed in capsule form, the gastric balloon is the size of vitamin pills commonly used in daily life. The periphery of the gastric balloon, which is designed to be swallowed like a pill with plenty of water, is produced very thin. In this way, it is both easy to swallow and can be easily passed through the intestines and excreted in the feces after 4 months.

For Whom is it Suitable?

Those who benefit the most from the ingestible gastric balloon, which can be applied to people between 18-65, are those with a body mass index between 27 and 35. The fact that the procedure does not require anesthesia makes it an ideal method, especially for people who do not want to receive anesthesia or who are prevented from receiving anesthesia.

The ingestible gastric balloon may be an option, especially for patients at high risk of surgery or who do not want to undergo surgery. It is also easier to perform and less invasive than traditional gastric balloons.

The Effect of an Ingestible Gastric Balloon on Weight Loss

Once swallowed, the capsule remains in the stomach for 4-6 months in accordance with the patient’s diet and exercise program. During this time, it helps patients lose weight. When the effect of the balloon ceases, the capsule is dissolved by stomach acid and excreted naturally.

Although ingestible gastric balloons are not as effective as traditional gastric balloons, successful results have been achieved in weight loss. When used in combination with a good diet and exercise program, this method can help patients achieve healthy weight loss and lifestyle changes.

As a result, ingestible gastric balloons appear as a different option for the treatment of obesity. However, it may not be suitable for every patient and its effectiveness may be slightly less than traditional gastric balloons. It is important for patients to consult with their doctor to choose the right treatment method and to be informed about the risks involved.

Is it a Risky Method?

Ingestible gastric balloon application is a preferred method in the treatment of obesity because it is a risk-free and easy method that does not require surgical intervention. However, like any medical procedure, the ingestible gastric balloon has some risks of complications. Complications such as rupture or leakage of the balloon can also occur. However, these risks are minimal. Therefore, it is important to talk to a doctor and seek medical advice before using this method.

What to Consider After the Procedure?

After the ingestible gastric balloon procedure, patients should take some precautions. In the post-procedure period, the physician’s recommendations should also be taken into consideration in order for the gastric balloon to work properly and to achieve the desired results.

June 3, 2023

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