We are very honest about side effects and always prepare our patients for a difficult few days after the balloon procedure as we firmly believe that being prepared helps you to tolerate the symptoms better.
The side effects are your body’s natural reaction to this new ‘foreign object’ in your stomach. Although everyone is different, side effects usually last 3-4 days and most people feel back to normal soon after.
Nausea and vomiting are also common occurrences, affecting approximately 95% of individuals who receive a gastric balloon. These symptoms can persist for 2 to 3 days following the procedure and may potentially lead to dehydration. Some clinicians recommend a short inpatient stay of up to 48 hours after balloon insertion to closely monitor and manage early symptoms associated with the gastric balloon. This may involve intravenous fluid administration and medication to control nausea and vomiting until the symptoms subside. However, the necessity of an inpatient stay may vary depending on the specific approach and protocols followed by your supervising clinician. They will discuss this aspect with you, taking into account your circumstances.
Stomach cramps are a common side effect within the first 48 hours after the gastric balloon procedure. The presence of the balloon may irritate the muscles of the stomach wall, leading to griping pains. This can be uncomfortable but cramps are usually short-lived and improve once the stomach adjusts to the balloon. Following a liquid diet can help alleviate them, If you experience feelings of fullness, bloating, or retching, lying on your left side and gently massaging your abdomen upward beneath your ribs may help reposition the gastric balloon. In cases of severe pain and cramping, medication can be prescribed to provide relief.