Intragastric balloon adjustment involves increasing or decreasing the balloon volume using a quick, 15-minute endoscopic procedure. Typically, your doctor will decrease the balloon volume if you are experiencing side effects such as nausea, vomiting or pain. The volume can be increased if appetite increases or weight loss plateaus or ceases. In order to prepare, your doctor will instruct you to begin a liquid diet 3 days prior to the adjustment, followed by fasting 12 hours prior to the procedure. You will be able to go home the day of the procedure, though you will not be able to drive. Adjustment typically occurs under sedation, and involves the same numbing spray used in the initial insertion of the intragastric balloon.
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