What Are The Possible Adverse Effects Associated With Intragastric Balloon ?
Some of the side effects that can occur after intragastric balloon placement are nausea, and sometimes vomiting, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or balloon intolerance. In some patients, the balloon can leak and this can lead to faster shrinkage of the balloon.
To address the balloon leaking problem, the balloon is often filled with a saline solution that contains a blue dye, when the urine changes to blue or sometimes to green, this shows that there is a balloon leak, and you need to see the doctor to remove it before it can slide into the small intestine.
The problem of balloon leak has been solved with the new generation of intragastric balloons, as a new kind of stomach balloons -called ReShape®- has emerged, which is a dual balloon system, meaning that if one of the two leaks, the other balloon remains intact to prevent any complications.