Obesity is a disease of the developed countries. In Australia, approximately 17 million Australians are overweight. An alarming 4 million Australians are considered obese with a BMI>30kg/m2. This makes us one of the fattest nations among the developed world.
Obese is associated with coronary heart disease, Hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, some cancers, osteoarthritis of the knee and hip, sleep apnoea, low self-esteem and depression. Many patients find it hard to lose weight through change in dietary habits, taking low caloric food supplements, exercises or taking appetite suppressants.
It is often very difficult for many patients to have a significant reduction in their BMI even with a very serious attempt to lose weight. On the off chance that they can lose a few kg, maintaining the weight loss is even more difficult and challenging to achieve. Most people give up after a short period of trial. Intra-gastric Balloon offers an immediate kick start to the weight loss program.
The concept is very simple, a fluid filled balloon is placed into the patient’s stomach. It contains approximately 500 to 600mls of coloured fluid. Coloured fluid is used because if there is any leakage of the balloon, the dye will be excreted into the urine and appropriate care can be instigated. Watch the video below for a more detailed look at the procedure of inserting a Gastric Balloon.
The stretching of the stomach by the water filled balloon result in a feeling of fullness, significantly less hungry and desiring to eat less food. Along with low caloric diet intake, and exercise, a desirable weight loss is achieved.
The procedure is very simple and is performed as day cases, it is slightly more drastic than taking appetite suppressive pills but much less hazardous than surgical intervention. After insertion, the balloon is left for a maximum duration of 6 months. Studies have shown that this procedure can reduce the BMI value of 5 to 9 kg/m2 in a majority of patients. Once the time is up, the balloon can be removed (See Gastric Balloon Removal video below), A majority of patients is able to maintain a degree of weight loss, others who regain weight can either have a repeat procedure or go on to have gastric banding or sleeve gastrectomy.
The intragastric balloon can also act as a bridge to laparoscopic or open surgery, reducing the patient’s BMI, size of the liver, thereby making laparoscopic and open surgery less difficult to perform resulting in a reduction in morbidity.
While the complication of laparoscopic gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery have more serious complications. Complications with intragastric balloon are generally minor. Along with the application of an intragastric balloon, a team of dedicated clinicians and dieticians to care for you. Your target weight reduction can be achieve and maintained.
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