At Allure, we have a detailed consultation with our patients before advising them on which weight reduction programme to choose.
It will take a little time for your stomach to get used to the balloon, though you will be allowed to go home the same day or the day following the surgery. A few patients cannot tolerate the balloon for the full 6-month period and need to remove it early, sometimes within a few days of its being inserted, if side effects (including nausea and vomiting) do not pass or are worse than expected.
A liquid and puree dietmust be followed for the first week, after which a nutritionist-recommended solid diet is allowed. Your progress will be closely monitored throughout the six-month period and you will be advised on lifestyle changes and nutrition to help you achieve long-term success.
The liquid in the balloon will be blue. If it leaks, your urine will come out green. When you notice this, you must tell your doctor immediately and schedule prompt removal of the balloon.
No. Your body’s digestive process isn’t affected in the least.
When you eat less, your body draws the extra energy it needs from its own fat, thus burning it up. You could lose 15-25 kg in six months if you follow the dietician’s advice and make the necessary lifestyle alterations. There is a possibility of negligible weight loss – or even rapid weight loss that might have serious health consequences. If you believe you’re losing weight too quickly, you must inform your doctor so that he can look into the matter and take corrective measures.
In the course of the six-month period, you will need to meet your doctor and your nutritionist at least twice a month, so that your progress is monitored and changes to your diet recommended, if necessary. In the course of these visits, you will learn important principles of nutrition, health and exercise, so that you can work towards long-term success.
Heavy activity or vigorous exercise is to be avoided during the first week following the procedure. After your body has adjusted to the balloon, a regular exercise program is highly recommended as it will improve the chances of your success.
Alcohol in small amounts is fine. Alcohol consumption raises the risk of ulceration.
Can I eat anything I want? Are there any food restrictions?
You will need to follow your dietician’s advice. In any case, fatty foods or sweets will make you feel unwell, andovereating while the gastric balloon is in place can prove dangerous.
After you’re put under anaesthesia, an endoscopic camera will be passed through your throat and into your stomach. The balloon will be punctured and pulled out through your throat. The whole process takes 15 to 30 minutes and is painless.You will be monitored for a short time in the clinic and then discharged.