The gastric balloon procedure is generally considered safe, but it’s important to be aware of the potential complications associated with any medical procedure. While the risk is minimal, we want to ensure you have a comprehensive understanding.
Gastric balloons are typically made from soft and flexible materials, specifically designed for temporary placement within the stomach. By occupying space in the stomach, they create a sense of fullness, assisting individuals in reducing their food intake and promoting weight loss. Despite being a less invasive alternative to surgery, concerns regarding balloon integrity and the possibility of bursting are raised by some.
While rare, balloon rupture can occur due to factors such as excessive pressure, overinflation, or inherent weaknesses in the balloon material. In the event of a gastric balloon burst, there can be potential risks to the patient’s health, requiring immediate medical attention. The most significant concerns associated with a burst balloon are bowel obstruction and perforation. Therefore, it is crucial not to ignore symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, vomiting, or difficulty swallowing, as they may indicate a balloon rupture.
As a precautionary measure, a harmless dye called methylene blue is added when the balloon is filled during implantation. If the balloon were to rupture, this dye would cause your urine to turn green. In such cases, your healthcare professional would arrange for the balloon to be removed.
Your healthcare provider will thoroughly discuss these potential complications with you, ensuring you are well informed and prepared for the procedure. They will closely monitor your progress and address any concerns throughout the process to ensure your safety and well-being.
Although the risk of rupture or severe intollerance is small, as with any procedure, there is always a risk of experiencing a complication and we cannot completely rule it out. So our new warranty package gives you the peace of mind that if you are unlucky enough to experience a balloon rupture or severe intolerance, you are covered.