Gastric Balloon Procedure
The Intragastric Balloon procedure is a less invasive procedure in which a medical grade synthetic balloon is inserted endoscopically into the stomach. Once inserted, it’s filled, via removable catheter, with a saline solution sufficient to displace about one third of the patient’s stomach volume. It was specifically designed to help obese patients achieve their weight loss goals without an invasive surgical procedure.
Most overweight people understand the basic problem with losing weight. Diets deliver short term success without providing a long term strategy. The result is the so-called “yo-yo effect” and ultimate diet failure. That’s why medical intervention via a Gastric Balloon is well suited for sustainable weight loss.
Weight reduction using the Gastric Balloon is more successful because the therapy has so many advantages. On the one hand, it is a non-surgical outpatient procedure which takes only about 20 minutes. And, because there are no incisions, there’s minimal surgical risk and possible associated complications.
The presence of the balloon “disciplines” the patient against binge eating and gradually teaches a healthier attitude towards portion control and blocks diet self-sabotage. Furthermore, in the case of our 1-year balloon, displacement is adjustable; a useful feature since the body can compensate for a reduction in stomach volume.
By using a Gastric Balloon the stomach holds less food and retains ingested food longer. Both effects cause the patient to feel less hungry and allow better compliance with required lifestyle changes.
At Baltic Bariatric we are pleased to offer both a 6-month Standard Balloon and 1-year Spatz® Adjustable Balloon System.
Premium 1 Year Retention
Price: £2300 (2750€)
Insertion 1-Year Spatz® Adjustable Balloon
All Pre-op Diagnostic Tests
Full Anesthesia during Insertion
1 Night Recovery in Hospital
Extraction Procedure (under Anesthesia)
All Ground Transfers: Airport-Hotel-Hospital
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IS BALLOON RIGHT FOR ME?
If you are at least 18 years old, overweight with a BMI greater than 27, and sincerely motivated to comply with a modified dietary and lifestyle program, a Gastric Balloon may be your best weight loss solution.
Gastric Balloon is an especially attractive option for patients who want to lose weight, yet want to avoid more radical bariatric surgery, or do not qualify due to low BMI.
The main advantages of a Gastric Balloon are:
- Low non-surgical risk
- Immediate weight loss
- No adverse drug induced side effects
- Forced acceptance of correct eating habits
If you are suffering from chronic overweight, are that “in-between” zone of low to mid-level BMI, and prefer to avoid major surgery, please consider a Gastric Balloon. It can help you lose the hunger cravings, achieve comfortable portion control, and end the endless frustration of diet failure. And, best of all, it’s less than half the cost of Gastric Bypass or Gastric Sleeve.
Included in our Gastric Balloon Program:
- Overnight stay in-hospital
- Comfort room, single or double occupancy
- Comprehensive physical examination
- Ultrasound internal examination
- Gastroscopy of upper G.I. tract under anesthesia
- Insertion / removal of the Balloon by physician specialists
- Procedure performed under full anesthesia
- Medications and nutrient infusion during stay
- Personal attention by nursing and medical staff
- Customized post-op nutrition plan
How much weight will I lose?
You are likely to lose a significant amount, usually in the range of 15 kg to 25 kg of excess body weight. However, much depends on your commitment to follow the recommendations of our dietitian and make the necessary lifestyle adjustments.
Our most recent clinical study demonstrated a beneficial effect of our 6-month Balloon on body composition. The results were weight loss and BMI reduction in ranges of 14.6–17.9 kg and 5.6–6.8, respectively.
Are there medical conditions which could disqualify me?
It is our policy to discourage patients who have been operated on for vascular blockage, peritonitis, hernia, or are suffering from serious kidney, hepatitis or pulmonary diseases; pregnant women, or patients undergoing long-term steroid or drug/alcohol dependency treatment are likewise refused.
How will the Gastric Balloon feel in my stomach?
The first few days after insertion are the most difficult. You can expect some nausea and vomiting, however these symptoms generally dissipate within 3-5 days. During this time It is important to follow the drink plenty of fluids. Anti-nausea medication is available to relieve discomfort. After the first week, you will simply feel like your stomach is full.
Are there any important restrictions to daily life after a Gastric Balloon procedure?
Until your body gets used to the Gastric Balloon we suggest you not plan any strenuous exercise at least for the first week. After that you may continue your normal activities. It is further recommended that you begin a regular exercise program, which will contribute to your eventual weight loss success.
What happens if my Gastric Balloon leaks?
A non-hazardous color is added to the Gastric Balloon saline which would signal a balloon rupture. Should this occur, you will notice a green discoloration of your urine. In that event, you should immediately contact your doctor. Removal of the balloon may be necessary.
Can I drink alcohol with a Gastric Balloon?
Alcohol can be consumed in reasonable and moderate amounts.
Can I eat whatever I want?
Not possible. Certainly, you will not eat as much as you did before because overeating will result in nausea or vomiting. The power of the Balloon is that food consumption will be self-regulating. Your body will literally force you to lose weight.
How is the Gastric Balloon removed?
The Gastric Balloon will be removed in exactly the same way as it was originally inserted. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and also takes about 20 minutes.
Am I guaranteed to lose weight?
There are so few guarantees in life. Death and taxes come to mind. However, the Gastric Balloon is a proven tool for achieving permanent changes to eating habits and a corresponding loss of body fat. Simply adhere to the instructions and advice of our dietitian, and weight loss will follow. This is an indisputable fact.
How is patient follow-up and support handled?
After consultation with our staff nutritionist, we request that you stay in regular contact with her. Most patient use Skype or telephone. Our doctors are available at all times to assist with your questions or problems.
LIFE AFTER GASTRIC BALLOON
During the initial 72 hours you will probably feel uncomfortable as your stomach reacts to the presence of an inorganic foreign object. For a short time you may experience several unpleasant conditions such as nausea, flatulence, diarrhea or stomach cramps. These conditions are normal and are easily treated with medication. The doctor will advise you on the amount of water you should drink (a lot) and what foods you should avoid (solid food).
Longer term, the importance of a proper nutrition plan cannot be overstated. Part of the advantage of a Gastric Balloon is that it forces you to adopt healthy lifestyle changes, which will preserve your ideal body weight indefinitely.
For the first several days you will follow a mostly liquid diet consisting of, juice, milk, and soups. Among the foods to avoid are sweets, carbonated beverages, fatty foods and dairy.
After you get past the first few days of liquids, then next phase will be half-solid foods, By that we refer to oatmeal, porridge, purees, mashed vegetables and thick soups. Don’t try to rush your return to solid food. Listen to your body and proceed at a pace that is comfortable for you and your stomach.
Eventually the Gastric Balloon will need to come out. When the time comes, after 6 or 12 months, you’ll return to hospital to repeat the original procedure only in reverse. Before the extraction, you should not eat any solid food for 24 hours, nor drink any fluids for 12 hours prior. Extraction is an outpatient procedure with total time in hospital under 2 hours.