Following the procedure, you will receive guidance on a specific diet for the initial four weeks to allow your stomach to adjust. We will provide you with a comprehensive nutrition plan, but for the first 14 days, you will strictly adhere to a liquid diet. This will be followed by another two weeks of consuming soft foods (pureed food) before gradually reintroducing solid foods.
When undergoing a gastric balloon procedure, it’s natural to be concerned about dietary restrictions. It’s important to remember that your stomach will need time to adapt to the presence of the balloon and that a recovery period is necessary. During this early stage, it is recommended to consume liquid foods and drinks such as water, tea/coffee, herbal teas, zero-sugar squash, protein shakes, thin soups, and hot Bovril. The consistency of the liquids should be thin enough to be consumed through a straw, although drinking through a straw is not advised as it may cause discomfort by introducing excess air. It’s also best to avoid carbonated drinks for the same reason. While fruit juice and alcohol can be consumed in moderation, be mindful of their high-calorie content.
It’s likely that you may experience nausea and possibly vomiting in the first few days. Therefore, our main focus during this period is to keep you hydrated. Although the target is to consume 1.5 liters of fluid per day, it’s better to take small sips frequently, gradually increasing to full glasses by the end of the first week.
Achieving your goals with a gastric balloon requires dedication and the maintenance of healthy habits in terms of eating and lifestyle. Ensuring adequate fluid intake each day is crucial to prevent dehydration and provide sufficient energy to meet your dietary requirements.
Once the gastric balloon is removed, you can consume larger portions since it will no longer occupy space in your stomach. However, it is essential to continue practicing healthy lifestyle habits after its removal to ensure lasting results. It’s important to have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the gastric balloon procedure and understand that long-term success heavily relies on your commitment to a nutritious diet and an active lifestyle post-removal.