You will be advised to follow a specific diet for the first four weeks to ensure that you give your stomach time to settle after the procedure. We will provide you with a full nutrition plan but for the first 2 weeks, you will be on a strictly liquid diet, followed by a further 2 weeks of soft foods (pureed food) before you reintroduce solid foods.
When you have a gastric balloon procedure, it is natural to worry about what you can and can’t eat. It is important to remember in this early stage that your stomach will take time to adapt to having the balloon inside and that you need to allow a recovery period. liquid foods and drinks like Water, tea/coffee, herbal teas, zero-sugar squash, protein shakes, thin soups and hot Bovril are all suitable for this stage. As a guide, the consistency of the liquid should be thin enough to go through a straw but don’t actually drink through a straw as you’ll take in extra air which might be uncomfortable! It’s best also to avoid fizzy drinks for the same reason. Fruit juice and alcohol are not advised ok in moderation but be aware of their high-calorie content.
It is likely in the first couple of days that you will experience nausea and possibly vomiting so our priority in this period is to keep you hydrated. Although you’re aiming for 1.5 litres of fluid per day, taking small sips (little and often) is better at first, building up to full glasses by the end of the first week.
The key to reaching your goals with a gastric balloon is staying committed and maintaining healthy habits in regard to eating and lifestyle. Ensuring that you consume the right amount of fluids each day will help in preventing dehydration and provide enough energy to keep up with your dietary needs.
Once the gastric balloon is removed, larger portions can be consumed since it is no longer taking up space in the stomach. However, continuing healthy lifestyle habits after removal are essential for ensuring lasting results from the procedure. It’s important to have realistic expectations regarding what you can achieve with a gastric balloon and recognise that long-term success depends heavily on your commitment to eating well and living an active lifestyle after its removal.