Who is the gastric balloon for?
The gastric balloon can be recommended obesity. It's not a surgical procedure, but a gentle method to prevent secondary diseases of obesity or to help with diseases which have already set in due to obesity (e.g. joint problems, diabetes, etc.)..
We provide care for gastric balloon patients in German, English, Italian, Portuguese and Hungarian.
The goals of gastric balloon treatment
A gastric balloon reduces the volume of the stomach so the stomach can hold considerably less food. This considerably and permanently reduces the excess weight.
The gastric balloon is a simple and effective option to achieve significant, permanent weight loss - without surgery.
This not only alleviates diseases, it also allows the patient to lead a more active social life and boosts their confidence. A healthy diet and plenty of exercise should always be an integral part of this treatment.
*The gastric balloon improves the quality of life and increases the life expectancy. As a preliminary step prior to surgery for super obese individuals (BMI of 50 or higher) the gastric balloon can achieve weight loss to reduce the risks associated with surgery and anaesthesia. Patients who wish to have a gastric balloon implanted do not need a referral from their primary care physician.
Weight loss with the gastric balloon
The gastric balloon shows impressive results: Professional literature mentions weight loss of 13-30 kg within 6 months, which depends on the starting weight and how the weight is being carried, among other things. The results can therefore vary between patients. Diets and exercise alone only achieve an average weight loss of 8-10%.
The balloon moves around the stomach freely without causing any discomfort after a short period of getting used to it. It quickly causes a feeling of fullness, as it reduces the volume of the stomach. Overall it reduces the daily food intake as desired. This early feeling of fullness achieves weight loss. The balloon remains in the stomach for six months. During this time the balloon helps achieve dietary changes and helps to also maintain the eating habits even after the balloon is removed.
Procedure of implanting the gastric balloon
It takes up to 30 minutes to implant the gastric balloon during a standard gastroscopy under "sedation". The folded balloon is implanted under endoscopic view of the stomach. The balloon is then filled with 400-700 ml of physiological saline solution and food colouring (typically methylene blue) whilst being monitored. Methylene blue is a well-tolerated dye which can alert the patient of a leak in the balloon, as the dye will then tint the urine. Dye in the urine indicates the physician must be contacted to remove the balloon in time through gastroscopy.
All pre-examinations and implanting the gastric balloon can be performed on the same day. The patient can return home on the same day with a companion. The big plus of the gastric balloon is that it requires no anaesthesia to implant, an injection to sedate the patient is sufficient. This is quite different from major bariatric surgeries. So the gastric balloon doesn't require general anaesthesia. Another advantage of the gastric balloon is that the procedure as a whole places far less strain on the patient than major bariatric procedures. Gastroscopy is again used to remove the balloon. The balloon is punctured whilst under monitoring and the hydro-inflation suctioned off. The balloon is then grasped with a special gripper and removed through the mouth.
Gastric balloon pricing
Implanting the gastric balloon is EUR 1500, due before or on the day of the procedure. Preoperative examinations (e.g. ultrasound, scatoscopy for helicobacter pylori in the stomach) may cost up to EUR 200. The cost of removing the gastric balloon after 6 months is EUR 1500 again. We also offer instalment payments.
We will also remove a gastric balloon implanted at a different clinic (e.g. abroad). Depending on the complexity you should expect to pay EUR 1500. We also offerinstalment payments in this case.
You may leave our endoscopy department about an hour after the gastric balloon has been removed in an outpatient procedure.
Dietary recommendations for a gastric balloon
Once the gastric balloon has been implanted we provide dietary advice and important information on medications which may be required
Risks / complications of the gastric balloon
Of course we provide additional support, e.g. interim infusions incl. medications seven days a week. We further provide you with all the information about the gastric balloon and diet. There are individual solutions, simply ask and we will take care of it.
In the over twenty years it has been used, the gastric balloon is extremely low risk. One complication could be the gastric balloon leaking in the stomach. This complication may occur if the implanted balloon is not removed after 6 months. After the balloon is implanted, stomach problems such as heartburn, stomach aches, nausea or vomiting, may occur. These problems are typically temporary and last only a few days. The stomach needs to get used to the balloon. These problems typically subside within a few hours of the procedure.
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One third of patients may gain weight after the balloon. On one hand this shows just how effective the gastric balloon is whilst implanted, but that it cannot permanently solve other problems in your life, such as everyday frustrations, etc. This considerably improves the long term success rate after having a gastric balloon. She advises and supports our GB clients before and after having the gastric balloon implanted, as well as during the time after having the gastric balloon removed to prevent gaining weight again.