• Risks of swallowing the ballon include overinflation, acute pancreatitis, ulcers or a hole (perforation) in the stomach wall, which might require surgery to fix.
• Permanent healthy changes in your diet, along with regular physical activity and exercise, are necessary to avoid regaining weight.
The award-winning actress Catherine Kamau alias Kate Actress has gone through a procedure known as Intragastric balloon placement.
This is a weight-loss procedure that involves placing a saline-filled silicone balloon in your stomach. This helps you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat and making you feel fuller faster.
There are two options under this procedure;
- Endoscopic balloon at 350K
- Swallowable balloon at 500K
Kenyan influencer Mamake Bobo also recently underwent the procedure something that cost her 500K.
She had also gone through a breast reduction surgery.
After one swallows the balloon he /she will be on fluids (IV) to deal with dehydration.
Like other weight-loss procedures, an intragastric balloon requires a commitment to a healthier lifestyle.
You need to make permanent healthy changes to your diet and get regular exercise to help ensure the long-term success of the procedure.
According to Mayo Clinic,
An intragastric balloon may be an option for you if:
- Your body mass index (BMI) is between 30 and 40
- You're willing to commit to healthy lifestyle changes, get regular medical follow-ups and participate in behavioral therapy
- You have not had any previous stomach or oesophagal surgery
Intragastric balloons aren't the right choice for everyone who is overweight. A screening process will help your doctor see if the procedure might be beneficial for you.
At this time, the cost of placing and removing the intragastric balloon may not be covered by health insurance, and would therefore be an out-of-pocket expense.
A potential risk includes balloon deflation. If the balloon deflates, there's also a risk that it could move through your digestive system.
This can cause a blockage that may require an additional procedure or surgery to remove the device.
Other possible risks include overinflation, acute pancreatitis, ulcers or a hole (perforation) in the stomach wall, which might require surgery to fix.