You will remain in the recovery room for at least two hours after the operation is completed. As soon as your bodily functions are doing well and the doctor has cleared you for discharge, you may go home. Please note that for the first week after the surgery, you may not drive yourself unless otherwise indicated by the doctor.
Do not use any dangerous machines in the first week either. Do not use any tobacco, drugs or drink any alcohol.
Smoking narrows the blood vessels and can prevent the wound from healing properly, or it can affect the overall recovery. That’s why it is advisable to stop smoking for four weeks before and for four weeks after the surgery.
The body has undergone treatment and needs to recovery in its own time. The length of recovery is different per person, but it always takes time. We’ve bundled together the most important guidelines for after the surgery in our folder Living guidelines after bariatry.
The day after the operation you will be contacted by the support team from Care Clinic. They will make an appointment with you for two weeks later, for the first check-up. Six months after the insertion, you will have an appointment with the doctor to have the gastric balloon removed. This time length has been chosen because the manufacturer guarantees that the gastric balloon will not leak during this period. Should the gastric balloon remain longer, and start to leak, caused by the effects of stomach acid, then the fluid will naturally exit the body.
Each body is unique. This also means that everybody loses weight in his or her own way and time. We cannot guarantee how much weight you will lose in the first half-year. Of course, you will eat less than before; however, it’s more about the type of food you consume.
Also, we advise you to exercise sufficiently during this process for a more beautiful and speedier result.
The average weight loss with a gastric balloon is 15 to 20 per cent of your body weight, that is if you stick to the guidelines. It is, therefore, possible to lose about 20 kilos in 3 months with the gastric balloon.
Care Clinic acts as a mediator. Registration and follow-up appointments are made in Barendrecht. Our patients are under the responsibility of and are treated at a bariatric centre in Belgium.