What can I expect after placing a gastric balloon?
After the operation, you will stay in the recovery room for at least 2 hours. If your body functions are good and the doctor has fired you, you can go home. Know that you cannot take part in the traffic for the first week after the operation, unless otherwise stated by the doctor.
Do not use dangerous machines during the first week. Do not use tobacco, drugs or alcohol.
Smoking narrows blood vessels and can interfere with wound healing or general recovery. It is therefore advisable to stop smoking four weeks before to four weeks after the procedure.
The body has undergone treatment and has to restore at its own pace. This differs per person but always needs time. We have summarized the most important rules of life after the procedure in our leaflet “Life rules after bariatrics”.
The day after the operation you will be called by the support team of Praktijk Gabriels. An appointment is made for the first check, after 2 weeks. Six months after placement you have an appointment with the doctor to remove the gastric balloon. This period is chosen because the manufacturer guarantees that the gastric balloon will not leak during this period. If the gastric balloon stays longer and starts to leak because it is affected by stomach acid, then the liquid naturally leaves the body.
Everybody is unique. This means that everyone will lose weight in his or her way and pace. We therefore cannot offer any guarantee on how much weight you will lose within six months. Of course, you will eat much less than before but this also concerns the type of food that you get inside. The average weight loss with a gastric balloon is 15 to 20 percent of your body weight if you stick to the rules of life. So, there is a possibility to lose about 20 kilos in three months with the gastric balloon.
In addition, we recommend to move enough during this process, for a better and faster result.