Gastric Balloon for Weight Loss

Gastric Balloon for Weight Loss

All Information About Nonsurgical Procedure of Obesity Treatment: Gastric Balloon Procedure

Although weight loss surgery has become something widespread among both men and women, some people still do not prefer the surgical solution to treat obesity.

Nowadays, there has become several available weight loss solutions without having a medical operation.

The Gastric Balloon is one of the nonsurgical treatment types of Bariatric, which helps people effectively to get rid of the overweight.

What is a Gastric Balloon? 

Gastric Balloon, or referred to as Intragastric Balloon, is a new weight loss non-surgical procedure that performed by placing a lightweight, saline-filled silicone balloon in the stomach.

This balloon helps the patient losing weight by making him or her feel fuller with less food in the stomach.

Are you the right candidates for Weight loss Balloon? 

This procedure can be the right choice for you if:

  • You have a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40.
  • You have been trying to lose weight for extended periods through a healthy diet or exercise without any response.
  • having any health problems related to obesity, such as high blood pressure or diabetes type 2.
  • You’re ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle and periodic medical follow-up.

Keep in mind that this procedure is not the right option for everyone who is overweight.

You need to meet your doctor who can determine precisely what the best treatment method for you.

your specialist doctor may not recommend this procedure If:

  • You have any inflammatory disease of the digestive tract.
  • You have psychological status.
  • suffering from liver cirrhosis.
  • You have had a previous Bariatric surgery.
  • You suffer from a hiatal hernia.
  • Any medical reasons which make you unable to undergo an endoscopy.

With HayatMed, you can be sure that our consultant doctors will give you the right diagnosis and determine the best weight loss surgery according to your needs. 

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What are the complications of the Intragastric Balloon

What are the complications of the Intragastric Balloon

In general, the weight loss Balloon is a safe procedure. Risks after the process are something rare.
However, it may be associated with some side effects like nausea, vomiting, and pain.

These complications will fade through the following hours.
Sometimes, the balloon may deflate in the stomach, so it could move through the digestive system and cause a blockage.

Other possible risks are including ulcers or a hole in the stomach.

How do you prepare for this procedure? 

Before the process, you need to meet your doctor who will:

  • Make some physical examinations, stomach endoscopy, and will also ask for different lab tests.
  • Check your medical history by asking many questions like your medical problems, previous surgeries, and used medication.
  • Explain to you all the risks and the complications associated with the procedure.

If you qualify for stomach balloon, the doctor will ask you to follow some instructions on how to prepare yourself for the procedure,

such as:

  • Refrain from food and beverages 12 hours before the treatment.
  • Stop using some medications one day before, like aspirin, to avoid bleeding.

It is essential to choose a highly-skilled plastic surgeon to ensure to achieve the best results and avoid medical mistakes.

At HayatMed, we have the best consultant surgeons in the obesity treatment field. In addition to the excellent medical crew and the hospital, which equipped with advanced technologies. Click here to get an appointment for a free consultation.

What to expect during the procedure? 

First, your doctor will use an endoscopic camera to examine your abdomen.

If he or she does not observe any abnormalities, your surgeon will insert a thin tube (catheter) loaded with the balloon through your mouth and down your throat into the stomach.

The balloon is usually inserted deflated while it is in the smallest size.
The surgeon will use an oral spray to numb the throat area, which helps to facilitate the procedure.

Furthermore, he will use some medication to relax the muscles.
Once the balloon is inside the stomach, it is filled with sterile saline through the catheter.

Then the surgeon will remove the catheter by pulling it on the outer end.
Then the balloon will be floating freely in your stomach.

The Intragastric balloon is an outpatient procedure, and it doesn’t require you to stay in the hospital at night.

It usually takes 20-30 minutes, after which you will be monitored by the medical crew for a couple of hours and then can go back home.

What to expect after the procedure?

You will begin a liquid diet for a week; then, you can start with pureed foods. Finally, you can eat regular foods approximately after three weeks of the procedure.

The surgeon will prescribe a multivitamin and a calcium and vitamin D supplement. 

You’ll need to do periodic medical check-ups with your surgeon to observe your health.
The balloon can stay in your stomach for up to 6 months. Then it will be removed.

What are the expected results for the Gastric Balloon? 

This surgery helps you to lose weight due to many reasons:

  • It makes you feel full faster than usual, which means you’ll eat less. 
  • they slacken the time it takes to unload the stomach.
  • It changes the levels of hormones that control appetite.

Furthermore, the amount of weight loss depends also on the change in your lifestyle behavior.

In general, after inserting the balloon, you can lose about 15 to 20 percent of your weight.

As the other weight loss procedures, the stomach balloon may help to improve some health conditions related to obesity,

such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease 
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Sudden apnea.

How long can the stomach balloon remain in place? 

The balloon can stay in your stomach for up to six months.
Over time, the acids of the stomach will weaken the balloon and cause emptying the balloon, so that it is not recommended to use it for a longer time.

In some cases, the surgeon may advise you to use the balloon for more six months. In these cases, he or she will replace the balloon with a new one.

While the balloon is in the stomach, your surgeon may prescribe a medication to reduce your stomach acid.

How is the stomach balloon removed? 

How is the stomach balloon removed?

The surgeon will remove the balloon in the same way he or she places it.
It is done by inserting a catheter from your mouth through the throat into the stomach. Then the surgeon will puncture and empty the balloon. 

Once it is deflated, it will be grasped and removed using the catheter.

How to manage your weight after removing the balloon? 

After removing the Balloon, you should follow healthy habits to ensure a long-term weight loss,


  • You must limit the amount of daily calorie intake.
  • the patient need to do physical exercises at least three times per week.
  • You need to meet with a nutritionist to follow an appropriate weight management program.

How much does Gastric Balloon Surgery cost? 

It is essential to meet your surgeon to get the price of the procedure after the individual diagnosis.

The cost will differ according to your surgeon’s experience, the clinic region, and other factors.

If you consider any obesity treatment procedure, you can be sure that Turkey is the right destination to undergo it.

There, you are in the hands of expert doctors who can achieve the best results at affordable prices.

During the past years, At HayatMed, we have been achieving satisfactory results in the medical services field according to our patients’ evaluations.

Furthermore, we offer an all-inclusive fee package that covers all costs, including aftercare services. Click here to get the exact Gastric Balloon Price or go back to other obesity procedures.

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