Intra gastric balloon surgery is in which a silicon bag or balloon is inserted into the stomach to promote weight loss. The BIB is a soft, silicone balloon that is inserted into the stomach and filled with sterile saline. With the balloon you will have a feeling of satiety or lack of hunger. The balloon will be removed after six months. With the help of BIB, you can more easily adopt the lifestyle changes needed to lose weight.
Process of Intra-gastric balloon surgery:
As an eligible BIB candidate, you will begin your program by meeting with the physician to discuss the program in detail. Once you have scheduled a date for your procedure, you will begin meeting the support team and learning the principles that will become the basis of your long term success. This procedure generally takes 20-30 minutes, after which you will be monitored by a physician before returning home. The first week you will be on a liquid diet with instructions to drink plenty of fluids. After the first week, you can begin a solid diet with recommendations from the nutritionist. During the six month period the balloon is in place, there will be regular contact with your team to monitor your progress. You will receive education and training on nutrition and lifestyle changes for long-term success. After the BIB is removed, you will continue to meet your team for additional support and guidance as needed.