Things You May Experience The First Few Weeks After The Intragastric Balloon Is Placed

The experience of adjusting to the balloon is different from person to person. After the insertion of the balloon, patients in Bellevue will be following a transitional diet to ensure that the stomach properly acclimates to the gastric balloon. Starting with fluids, patients should gradually build up to soft foods before returning to solid textures. Patients will be unable to tolerate the same quantities of food and drink as before. The first week or two can be difficult for some. Common symptoms (though generally not harmful) may include cramping, nausea, and vomiting. Other symptoms include abdominal pain, acid reflux, belching, constipation, indigestion, abdominal distention, dehydration, diarrhea, and flatulence.

After you’ve had six months to change the way you eat and work with your Newvue team to improve your nutrition, the balloon is removed. A simple and non-surgical procedure is very similar to the placement process, only taking 20 minutes. For the remaining 6 months of the program, you’ll continue working closely with your Newvue team to follow a personalized diet and exercise program.