Gastric Balloon / Gregory Schroder, MD, FACS

Gastric Balloon / Gregory Schroder, MD, FACS


– Another new technology
that is about to get approved by the FDA is the intragastric balloon. Now the intragastric balloon is exactly what is sounds like. It’s a balloon that we
put inside the stomach or the gastric wall that occupies space. We do that endoscopically, which means it’s a non-surgical procedure. It is a procedure which requires sedation where we go in with an endoscope, we go down the mouth into the esophagus, into the stomach and we
have a special device that allows us to deploy a balloon which we fill with saline. That balloon holds about 700 cc of saline. It occupies most of the stomach. So it leaves a very small
space that allows you to eat a small amount of food, feel full and stay full for a long time. This allows you to lose about 30% of your excess body weight. This is great for the patient
who’s got a wedding coming up, they’ve got a high
school or college reunion that they really wanna get ready for. Or somebody who’s struggling with diabetes or high blood pressure, even sleep apnea. And even a small amount of weight loss in conjunction with a
medical weight loss program will have a tremendous
effect on their health and their life expectancy. The intragastric balloon,
initially, after placing it, is a little bit uncomfortable. There’s a heaviness
feeling inside the abdomen and in the stomach that takes
about three to four days to get used to. During that time, you may need
some anti-nausea medications such as Zofran or Phenergan. And you will need some pain medication to help with that discomfort. After the balloon is placed, you’ll eat small amounts of
food, and you’ll feel full and keep that full feeling
for the rest of the day. You’ll have to remind yourself
to eat three meals a day about four to six ounces. The intragastric balloon
will stay in place for about six months. During that time, we expect you to lose about 30% of your excess body weight. Most of that will be within
the first three to four months. During that time, you’ll also
learn a new way of eating, a healthier way of eating, that will help you even after
the balloon is taken out. The balloon can only
stay in for six months. After six months, the balloon
will have to be taken out, and this is done endoscopically. You’ll come in to the endoscopy suite, you’ll be sedated, and then we’ll go down into the mouth, through the
esophagus, into the stomach. We will get the fluid out of the balloon, and then retrieve it out your mouth. Once the balloon is out, we will continue to work with medical weight loss program to maximize your weight loss and maintain that weight loss, and follow you for the next six months, and make sure that you’re doing well.

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