Removing a intragastric balloon is a similar process to when it was inserted. The main difference is that we need to take some steps to make sure there is no solid food present in your stomach that could lead to aspiration into your lungs at the time of removal. If you do not follow these steps, we may be unable to remove your balloon which means we would have to do another removal procedure after your stomach is emptied.
You need to begin a medication called Reglan 48 hours prior to your balloon removal. We typically send a prescription for this at the time of your insertion, but if not please contact us with your pharmacy info so that we can arrange this.
You should also refrain from solid foods for 48 hours before the procedure. During this time, it is helpful to take frequent sips of Diet Pepsi, Diet Coke or Coke Zero. This is to prevent any food from being present in the stomach on the day of your balloon removal, which could lead to aspiration into your lungs. The carbonation in the diet soda helps to clean the balloon and also move solid food out of the stomach. You should also have nothing at all to eat or drink for 12 hours prior to the procedure as you will be sedated.
First your doctor will remove the sterile saline from the balloon, then remove the deflated balloon. The process should take 20-30 minutes and you will be observed for a time afterward to ensure that you are able to be released.
The 6 months after the intragastric balloon is removed are critical to your successful weight loss outcome. Our support team will work with you every step of the way. We will continue to meet with you on a regular basis, providing support, advice, and answering any questions or concerns that may arise. We are committed to helping you achieve and maintain your weight loss goals, so you can live life to the fullest enjoyment with your new body and improved health!