What is Endoscopic Instragastric Balloon Insertion?

This is an option for weight management. To insert the balloon into the stomach. This is done with a
gastroscopy under sedation. After six months, the balloon will be removed. The projected weight
loss is usually about 15% of the original weight.

Why Endoscopic Instragastric Balloon Insertion?

This is done for patients who are below the BMI criteria for obesity surgery. It is also performed for patients
who are too ill to undergo surgery, and this balloon insertion is safe with no scars on the abdominal wall skin.

What to expect?

Before the procedure

  • Fasting is required for 8 hours prior to your procedure.
  • All regular medications will be stopped unless absolutely necessary under a doctor’s supervision.

On the day of the procedure

  • This procedure is usually done as a day surgery procedure. It usually takes about 30 minutes to
    complete it.
  • Your surgeon will advise you on the specific details.

After the procedure

  • You will be allowed to drink fluids for the first week. However, allow your appetite to guide you.
    Do not force the volume of liquids.
  • If you experience nausea, stay with clear liquids until it resolves. This may take up to 3 days.
  • Medication for nausea, protection for the stomach wall and stomach cramps will be provided.
  • Oral intake will have to be in small volume and taken slowly.
  • Your doctor will advise you on the type of food to be consumed and will encourage you to embark
    on an exercise regime.