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About The Procedure

What to Expect

Preparing for Your Procedure

Instructions may vary among specialists, but the following are some general pre-procedure guidelines on how to prepare for your gastric balloon procedure.

For those getting the gastric balloon that requires endoscopy, such as the Orbera or Reshape.

Pre-Procedure Diet

  • Limit your intake to liquids starting 24 hrs before your procedure
    • These usually include:
      • Water
      • Beef/vegetable/chicken broth
      • Gelatin
      • Popsicles
      • Decaf coffee or tea
      • Protein drinks — double check with your specialist
      • Juice
    • Drink PLENTY of water to stay hydrated throughout the day.
    • STOP drinking about 6 hours before your procedure

Medications

Your physician’s staff will review your medications, but typically if you take morning medications, you can continue to do so with a few *sips* of water. Common necessary medications include those for:

  • Reflux
  • Thyroid
  • Seizures
  • Depression
  • Irregular heart rhythms
  • Blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • COPD

Diabetics

**Very Important** Discuss pre-procedure diet with your primary care provider or whoever manages your diabetes. You may need to decrease your medications or make sure you get enough carbs through liquid form so that your blood sugar doesn’t drop too low.

Bowel Preparation

You do not have to do a full bowel prep (like for a colonoscopy), but it’s typically recommended that starting two days before your procedure, you take a stool softener such as Colace or MiraLAX.

Sedation

Since sedation will likely be used to make your procedure go smoothly and make you as comfortable as possible, be sure to inform your specialist of any of the following:

  • Any adverse or allergic reactions to prior sedation
  • Family history of serious reactions to sedation or anesthesia
  • Difficulty with your airway (for example: prior neck surgery or been told you have a small airway in the past)
  • Severe sleep apnea, requiring oxygen
  • Unstable heart rate
  • History of severe nausea and vomiting after sedation.

Transportation

Because of the sedation, you will need a driver to get you to and from the facility. You will not likely be alert enough to drive after being sedated. Public transportation is not recommended.

For those getting the gastric balloon in capsule form, such as the Obalon

Pre-Procedure Diet

  • Nothing to eat or drink starting 8 hours before your procedure time.
  • That’s it!

Medications

Discuss your medications with your specialists but typically, you may take necessary medications with a *sip* of water prior to the procedure. Common necessary medications include those for:

  • Reflux
  • Thyroid
  • Seizures
  • Depression
  • Irregular heart rhythms
  • Blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • COPD

Diabetics

**Very Important** Inform your primary care provider or whoever manages your diabetes that you will be fasting for at least 8 hours prior to the balloon placement. You may need to decrease your medications or wait until you eat again to take them so that your blood sugar doesn’t drop too low.

Transportation

Since there will be no sedation, you may drive yourself home if you’d like.