If you experience any adverse effects after having a gastric balloon, it’s crucial to take the following steps:

  1. Contact your healthcare provider: Common side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain should immediately be reported to your doctor.
  2. Monitor for severe symptoms: In some cases, the gastric balloon can deflate and migrate, which could lead to serious complications. If you notice a sudden change in your weight, or if you pass the balloon in your stool, seek immediate medical attention.
  3. Manage minor side effects at home: For less severe symptoms such as heartburn, acid reflux, and feeling bloated, dietary changes can help. Avoiding foods that can exacerbate these conditions like coffee, alcohol, spicy and fatty foods may provide relief.
  4. Stay hydrated: If you’re experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, it’s crucial to stay hydrated. Start with small sips of water and gradually increase the amount as tolerated.
  5. Seek immediate attention for severe cases: Acute pancreatitis is a potential serious risk of a gastric balloon. If you experience severe abdominal pain, it could be a sign of this condition and you should seek immediate medical attention.

Always consult with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns. While some discomfort is normal after a gastric balloon procedure, persistent or severe symptoms should not be ignored.