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Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon for weight loss



What is an Intragastric Balloon (EIB) for weight loss


Endoscopic intragastric balloon (EIB) is a non-surgical weight loss procedure that involves the insertion of a balloon into the stomach through the mouth using an endoscope. The balloon is filled with a sterile saline solution and is designed to take up space in the stomach, helping patients feel fuller and eat less.

EIB is usually recommended for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 who have been unable to achieve significant weight loss through diet and exercise alone. It is not recommended for individuals with a BMI over 40 or for those with certain medical conditions, such as gastrointestinal disorders or a history of gastrointestinal surgery.

Before undergoing EIB, patients typically undergo a thorough medical evaluation to determine their eligibility for the procedure. This may include a physical exam, laboratory tests, and imaging studies.

The EIB procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and takes about 30 minutes to complete. During the procedure, the patient is given a sedative to help them relax and an endoscope is inserted through the mouth and into the stomach. The balloon is then passed through the endoscope and positioned in the stomach.

Once the balloon is in place, it is filled with the sterile saline solution until it reaches its maximum size. The balloon is then sealed and the endoscope is removed. The entire process is typically performed under conscious sedation and the patient is awake throughout the procedure.

After the procedure, patients are typically advised to follow a liquid diet for the first week to allow their stomach and digestive system to adjust to the balloon. They are then gradually introduced to solid foods and advised to follow a healthy, calorie-controlled diet to help them lose weight.

EIB is generally well-tolerated and most patients experience only mild discomfort during the procedure. Common side effects may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and bloating. These side effects usually resolve within a few days of the procedure.

The balloon is designed to remain in place for six months, during which time patients are monitored by their healthcare provider to ensure they are losing weight and making progress towards their weight loss goals. At the end of the six months, the balloon is removed in a similar manner to how it was inserted.

EIB is a temporary weight loss solution and is not intended to be a long-term treatment. It is important for patients to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, such as regular exercise and a balanced diet, to help them maintain their weight loss after the balloon is removed.

In conclusion, an endoscopic intragastric balloon (EIB) is a non-surgical weight loss procedure that involves the insertion of a balloon into the stomach through the mouth using an endoscope. The balloon is filled with a sterile saline solution and helps patients feel fuller and eat less. EIB is usually recommended for individuals with a BMI of 30 to 40 who have been unable to achieve significant weight loss through diet and exercise alone. The procedure is generally well-tolerated and most patients experience only mild discomfort. However, EIB is a temporary weight loss solution and is not intended to be a long-term treatment. It is important for patients to adopt healthy lifestyle habits to help them maintain their weight loss after the balloon is removed.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon(EIB)


1.     How does the Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon(EIB) work?

The EIB procedure involves the insertion of a balloon into the stomach through the mouth using an endoscope. The balloon is filled with a sterile saline solution and is designed to take up space in the stomach, helping patients feel fuller and eat less. This can help them lose weight by reducing the amount of food they eat.

2.     Who is a candidate for the Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon procedure?

EIB is usually recommended for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 who have been unable to achieve significant weight loss through diet and exercise alone. It is not recommended for individuals with a BMI over 40 or for those with certain medical conditions, such as gastrointestinal disorders or a history of gastrointestinal surgery.

3.     Is the Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon procedure safe?

The EIB procedure is generally considered safe, although there are some risks associated with the use of an endoscope and the insertion of a foreign object into the body. These risks may include bleeding, infection, and perforation of the stomach or oesophagus. It is important for patients to discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure with their healthcare provider before deciding whether to undergo the EIB procedure.

4.     How long does the Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon procedure take?

The EIB procedure typically takes about 30 minutes to complete. It is performed on an outpatient basis and does not require a hospital stay.

5.     Is the Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon procedure painful?

Most patients experience only mild discomfort during the EIB procedure. They are typically given a sedative to help them relax and stay awake throughout the procedure. Common side effects after the procedure may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and bloating, which usually resolve within a few days.

6.     How long does the balloon stay in place?

The balloon is designed to remain in place for six months, during which time patients are monitored by their healthcare provider to ensure they are losing weight and making progress towards their weight loss goals. At the end of the six months, the balloon is removed in a similar manner to how it was inserted.

7.     Is the Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon procedure a long-term weight loss solution?

EIB is a temporary weight loss solution and is not intended to be a long-term treatment. It is important for patients to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, such as regular exercise and a balanced diet, to help them maintain their weight loss after the balloon is removed.

8.     Are there any side effects of Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon?

There are some potential side effects associated with the endoscopic intragastric balloon (EIB) procedure. These may include:

a.     Nausea and vomiting: These are common side effects after the EIB procedure and may be caused by the balloon taking up space in the stomach or by the sedative used during the procedure. These side effects usually resolve within a few days.

b.     Abdominal pain and bloating: Some patients may experience abdominal pain or bloating after the EIB procedure, which may be caused by the balloon taking up space in the stomach or by gas buildup. These side effects usually resolve within a few days.

It is important for patients to discuss the potential risks and benefits of the EIB procedure with their healthcare provider before deciding whether to undergo the procedure.

9.     How much is an Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon procedure cost in Nigeria?

It is difficult for me to accurately provide information on the cost of the endoscopic intragastric balloon (EIB) procedure in Nigeria as medical costs can vary depending on a number of factors, including the location, the specific clinic or hospital, and the patient's individual circumstances.

I recommend contacting clinics or hospitals in Nigeria directly to inquire about the cost of the EIB procedure. It may also be helpful to consult with a healthcare provider or a financial advisor to understand the potential costs and any potential insurance coverage or payment options. 




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