Gastric Balloon: What to Expect
The deflated ORBERA® balloon is placed in the stomach through the mouth using an endoscope, then inflated with a sterile saline solution. The entire procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes. In preparation for the balloon placement, patients will need to not eat for 24 hours before, and not consume liquids for 12 hours before the procedure. A ride home will need to be pre-arranged because patients are given sedatives as part of the procedure.
Preparing for Gastric Balloon
As a patient of Alabama Surgical Associates, you will be guided through the entire gastric balloon preparation process by our attentive staff. The first step in preparing for gastric balloon weight loss surgery is to undergo a thorough medical examination, which will determine whether you are a candidate for a gastric balloon. We will make sure you are educated about all aspects of the gastric balloon procedure, recovery process, and the lifestyle changes that will help you lose the weight and keep it off. You will work closely with a dietitian, and we will also help you learn more about exercise and the emotional factors that often accompany obesity.
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