Obesity


Gastric Balloon

Pre-Operations Tests

Before the procedure, endoscopy is necessary to identify problems like ulcer and stomach hernia.

Operation Details

The Gastric Balloon is a simple gastric surgery device, fitted inside the stomach, to create short term & rapid weight loss. It is a soft, expandable, silicone balloon that is placed inside the stomach via a camera that enters through the mouth and into the stomach. Once inserted in the stomach, the empty balloon is filled with a sterile saline solution or air. Inner volume of gastric balloon is resistant to being filled with liquid or air of 400 to 700 cc. This volume allows restriction of the stomach volume and thus the volume of the stomach is reduced and excess food intake is prevented.

The Gastric Balloon can be easily and simply withdrawn from the stomach without the patients suffering much discomfort. The Gastric Balloon is fitted and removed under a mild sedative to reduce discomfort; it is normally removed after 6 – 12 months. If the patient had gastric balloon for 6 months, the balloon should be removed after 6 months otherwise there might be some complications. Removal of balloon is like insertion procedure. An experienced general surgeon should perform the procedure.

Within 48 hours after the procedure, nausea, vomiting and aches similar to cramping can be observed. Medical treatment is applied to remedy such conditions. These complaints are temporary.

Operation Time, Hospitalization and Total Stay in Country

Operation time of this procedure is 20 -30 minutes. No hospitalization is required.  The patient can be discharged after a surveillance of 3-4 hours. After discharges, the patient should stay 3 days in country for doctor controls and intravenous serum.

Advantages

  • Gastric balloon is a non-surgical weight loss procedure. It can be performed endoscopically without general anaesthesia.
  • It is reversible.
  • The procedure is quick. It takes 20-30 minutes.
  • After the procedure, the patient loses 35 – 40 % of weight approximately in 6 months.
  • There is no need of daily nutritional supplement.
  • Gastric balloon can be repeated if it is deemed necessary.
  • Improvement in any obesity related conditions and diseases such as sleep, apnoea, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes and arthritis.