1 What will my weight loss journey be like?
Approximately 90% of people have no appetite at all after the insertion of an intragastric balloon. In the first 10 days you will be restricted to a liquid diet, but most people do not feel hungry! Most women will lose 2-4 kg in the first week; most men will lose 4-8kg. After 1-2 weeks, your appetite may start to return but is typically blunted, and when you do eat, you will get full VERY easily. Our patients tell us they get full on a couple of tablespoons of yoghurt.
2 How long does the gastric balloon stay in the stomach?
A gastric balloon is placed in the stomach for 6 months.
3What happens after the balloon is removed?
Although the device is retracted after the first six months, your weight loss can continue if you keep up a healthy lifestyle.
1How much weight can I lose?
Weight-loss results vary from patient to patient, and the amount of weight you lose depends on several things. The gastric band needs to be adjusted appropriately, and you need to be committed to your new lifestyle and healthy eating habits.
2 How is the band adjusted?
Adjustments are performed without surgery using a thin needle to inject or withdraw saline from the band through the access port. Most adjustments take a few minutes and patients say they are typically nearly painless.
3How long will it take to recover after surgery?
If gastric band surgery is performed laparoscopically, as it most frequently is, patients typically spend less than 24 hours in the hospital. It takes most patients about a week before they can return to work. In the case of open surgery or if there are complications, recovery may take longer.
1What are the advantages of the gastric sleeve versus the gastric bypass surgery?
The main advantage of gastric sleeve surgery is that it does not need to create a new connection between the stomach and small bowel (anastomosis). Long term complications are less likely to occur with the gastric sleeve procedure than they are with gastric bypass surgery. There is almost no risk for internal hernia or marginal ulcers after gastric sleeve surgery because there is no anastomosis. Both complications are most commonly associated with gastric bypass surgery. The chance of nutrient deficiency is also less likely with the gastric sleeve surgery than with gastric bypass surgery because there is no malabsorption.
2How long will I need to stay in the hospital?
Typically, gastric sleeve surgery requires a one- or two-day hospital stay. In rare cases, patients may be required to stay longer if clinically necessary.
3Is gastric sleeve surgery reversible?
In the gastric sleeve surgery more than half of your stomach is removed, and therefore this is not a reversible procedure.
1What do I do about excess skin after weight loss?
Most people can minimize excess skin by maintaining healthy nutrition, aerobic exercise and weight training. But if you need to have excess skin removed, we can help you consult with a plastic surgeon.
2What happens to the unused portion of my stomach?
The portion of the stomach that is "dormant" continues to produce acids and enzymes of digestion. This is normal and shouldn't impact your health in a negative way.
3How long should I wait to get pregnant after surgery?
It is strongly recommended that women wait at least one year after surgery before getting pregnant. Approximately one year postoperatively (depending on how much weight you needed to lose), your body will be fairly stable and you should be able to carry a healthy baby to term.
4Can I drink alcohol after gastric bypass?
Avoid alcohol for the first six months after bariatric surgery. When you get permission to start drinking alcohol again, avoid carbonated beverages and sugary drink mixers. Remember that after surgery, even small amounts of alcohol can cause intoxication and low blood sugar.