Single or dual-balloon. Orbera or ReShape. You’ve done your research, consulted with your gastroenterologist, and followed the gastric balloon procedure prep steps to a T. You’re ready to take the next step to your healthiest self. You’re ready for your gastric balloon procedure. But what comes after?
A short, in-house recovery immediately following the gastric balloon procedure
Positioning the balloon is a simple non-surgical outpatient procedure, which typically takes 30-60 minutes. Due to the mild sedative used during the brief procedure, you will need to stay in-house until the sedative’s effects wear off. Gastroenterology Associates requires that you have a ride home planned before the procedure can take place, as it is not recommended that you drive or operate heavy machinery for 8 hours following sedation.
Three days for full recovery from the gastric balloon placement
Following the non-anatomy-altering endoscopic procedure, you may experience temporary nausea or abdominal discomfort as your stomach adjusts to the balloon’s placement. For ease of recovery, plan to have a friend or loved one stay with you for 24 hours. You may also experience a sore throat, as the balloon is inserted down the esophagus, so plan to take a few days off work to fully recover. You should be up and at ‘em after 72 hours!
Two-week transition diet for the gastric balloon
Your gastroenterologist will fully chart out your transition, but in general, you’ll transition from clear liquids to liquids to pureed foods over the course of 14 days. So be sure to stock up broth and zero-calorie electrolyte drinks—such as Propel, Powerade Zero, and Crystal Light—as well as semi-skimmed dairy products, protein drinks, and fruit and vegetable purees. These foods will be easier on your sore throat, as well as your smaller stomach.
The lasting benefits of the gastric balloon weight loss procedure
After 6 months, the gastric balloon is removed. But your weight loss journey doesn’t end there. While results and experiences may vary, studies have shown that patients generally lose 2-3 times more weight with the gastric balloon procedure than with exercise and diet alone. With the O.N.E. Weigh program, you’ll receive a personally tailored weight loss program, as well as a full year of nutrition and exercise coaching to help you attain and sustain your weight loss goal.
Now that you know what to expect, jumpstart the journey to your healthiest self with the help of the gastric balloon and the digestive health experts of Baton Rouge. Call or contact the Gastroenterology Associates for more information today.