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Frequently Asked Questions: Intragastric balloon, Obesity and Overweight

Obesity and Overweight

1How much must be in BMI to be considered obese
Is considered obese any person whose BMI exceeds 30
2What are the causes of obesity ?
Obesity is due to various factors, the main ones being: diet and physical inactivity. But these are not the only causes, many other factors are involved, such as genetic susceptibility, environment, pollutants,...
3What are the consequences of obesity in childhood?
Obese children are likely to remain in adulthood and will be more likely to develop various pathologies in adulthood.
4How do I know my BMI?
You do not know your body mass index? You can then use this tool to calculate your BMI - IMC

Gastric Balloon

1What are the results of a gastric ballon?
  • In 6 months: Average loss of 15-20 kg
  • Significant improvement in metabolic, hepatic and blood pressure parameters
  • Increased weight loss when BMI high
  • Variable according to the motivation and the respect of hygieno-dietetic measures
  • High Satisfaction
2What are the side effects that can result from the balloon placement ?
  • Cramps and nausea and / or vomiting
  • Rarely: Intolerance (3 to 7%).
  • Exceptionally Dehydration, Ulcer, ...
3How much does BMI need to get a gastric balloon?
This alternative to surgery is best suited for people with a BMI between 28 and 30 and who have had failed attempts to lose weight by dieting and practicing exercise in the past.
4How will I eat with the balloon ?
The feeding is normal a few days after the installation of a balloon. The sensation of faster gastric filling allows to reduce the ingested amounts and to follow the nutritional modifications recommended by the nutritionist.
5What to do and how to recognize if there was a leak at the balloon ?
You will notice a change in the color of your urine (blue / green color), which means that this situation happens very rarely. If you notice a change in color, you should call your doctor immediately, so it can be removed endoscopically. On the other hand, if you delay warning your doctor, the completely deflated balloon will risk migrating into the digestive tract and escaping naturally. In the worst case, the balloon may create intestinal obstruction requiring surgery.
6How is the intra-gastric balloon removed?
By mouth, this procedure lasts 15 minutes and is performed under anesthesia.