Choosing gastric balloons has become a go-to option for those trying to lose weight through effective non-surgical methods. It is often recommended when attempts to lose weight through diet and exercise have failed or are not recommended for an individual.

The gastric balloon is well-known for its promising results in helping obese people transform into healthy versions of themselves. People who are insecure about their weight and want to try different methods to tone up have also found this procedure effective.

One of the main concerns among people contemplating getting gastric balloons is understanding what to expect before and after the treatment. Here is a clear breakdown of this question in topic, providing general insights into this transformative journey.

Before The Procedure

Consultation and Self-Awareness
Firstly, it is essential to consult your doctor or specialist who is experienced in gastric balloons to ensure it is correct and healthy for you. This includes discussing your medical history, current health condition, any surgeries undergone, and expected weight loss goals.

Make sure to be transparent with all the information you disclose to your doctor. Doing this is very important to check your eligibility for the procedure.

At the same time, take some time to educate yourself about the treatment and what you can expect. Clear any doubts or questions directly with the doctor during the consultation. It helps in reducing anxiety both before and after the procedure.

Complete Preoperative Testing
It is a common practice to take preoperative blood tests and imaging before the procedure. These are only done to confirm you are physically fit to undergo the treatment and to keep risks minimal.

Preoperative Diet

Before the procedure, your doctor might recommend you follow a specific diet to reduce complications and optimize the conditions for a successful outcome.
Most of the time, you will be advised to have a low-calorie diet in the days leading up to the procedure. This helps reduce the size of your liver, making it easy to access the stomach to insert the balloon.

Alongside this, you will also have to avoid high-fibre, spicy, greasy, and large meals that are difficult to digest or may cause discomfort. Carbonated beverages that cause bloating and discomfort will also need to be limited.

On the day of the procedure, you will be advised to fast to ensure your stomach is empty, reducing the risk of complications during the treatment.

After The Procedure
Immediate Post-Procedure
In the first few days following the procedure, some discomfort, bloating, and nausea are expected. They are temporary and can be managed by the medications prescribed by the doctor.

While it will take some time to adjust to the reduced stomach capacity, with the support of your healthcare team and recommended lifestyle changes, you can expect a smooth transformation.

Post Operative Diet
In the first few days after the procedure, you will only be allowed to have clear liquid like broth, water, and clear juices. As you progress, you can gradually switch to soft and pureed food such as yoghurt, mashed vegetables, and smashed fruits.

Post-recovery, you will be encouraged to practise portion control, focus more on nutrient-dense food, and have a balanced diet. The gastric balloon reduces the space in your stomach, promoting a feeling of fullness with smaller meals, so following this will be much easier.

Midway Post-Procedure
As weeks pass by, you will be able to spot noticeable changes in your eating habits and, consequently, your weight. Halfway through your gastric balloon journey, you will see significant differences in weight and overall mental well-being.

You can also expect your clothing sizes to decrease and see a positive change in your energy levels, mobility, and self-esteem.

Maintaining Results
As the balloon will be removed after six months, you must continue the healthy habits developed during the gastric balloon journey to maintain your weight loss progress. This includes mindful eating and regular exercise.

Maintenance is a standard rule to ensure sustainable results after any weight loss journey.

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