Gastric Balloon: What Is It, Types, Cost

Gastric Balloon: What Is It, Types, Cost

Gastric Balloon: What Is It, Types, Cost

Gastric balloon procedures have emerged as a significant tool in the fight against obesity. This non-surgical treatment aids weight loss by limiting how much you can eat. Let's delve into what it entails, the options available, and how much it costs.

What Is a Gastric Balloon?

  • A gastric balloon is a soft, silicone balloon that is inserted into the stomach. It is then filled with saline. 
  • It's designed to help you lose weight by making you feel fuller faster. This helps reduce your food intake. 
  • This procedure is temporary. It is typically recommended for people who are not eligible for more invasive surgery.

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What Are The Different Types?

There are two types of gastric balloons offered by ACIBADEM’s team of healthcare professionals:

Gastric Balloon (Swallowable)

A swallowable gastric balloon is administered non-surgically through a capsule ingested orally. Once inside the stomach, it is inflated to reduce its capacity. This type of gastric balloon exits the body naturally, eliminating the need for removal.

Endoscopic Gastric Balloon (Endoscopic)

Endoscopic gastric balloon procedure entails the insertion of a balloon into the stomach through an endoscope. The process, performed under sedation, involves guiding an endoscope with a deflated balloon into the stomach, where it is then filled to limit stomach volume. The balloon is later deflated and extracted endoscopically after a set time.

What Is The Procedure Process?

Procedure Day for Swallowable Gastric Balloon:

  • Swallowing the balloon pill under supervision.
  • X-ray confirmation to ensure correct placement before inflation.
  • Balloon is inflated with saline solution, occupying space in the stomach.

Procedure Day for Endoscopic Gastric Balloon:

  • Sedation and insertion of an endoscope through the mouth into the stomach.
  • Insertion and inflation of the balloon with saline solution via the endoscope.

Post-Procedure Care:

  • Monitoring for a short period post-procedure.
  • Gradual reintroduction to liquids, then to solid foods.
  • Regular follow-up consultations for balloon adjustments or removal.

Balloon Removal:

  • For swallowable balloons: Passes naturally through the gastrointestinal tract after approximately 16 weeks.
  • For endoscopic balloons: Removed endoscopically after 6 months or as determined by the doctor.

Cost Considerations

The cost of a gastric balloon procedure varies by country, healthcare provider, and balloon type. In general, prices start from around $2,700. It's crucial to consider additional costs. This includes follow-up appointments and balloon removal.

Why Turkey?

Turkey is renowned for its high-quality medical services at competitive prices. Its medical tourism industry is booming. This is thanks to experienced professionals, state-of-the-art facilities, and comprehensive care packages. These packages can often include accommodation and aftercare services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the gastric balloon procedure painful?

The procedure is minimally invasive, with most patients experiencing mild discomfort.

2. How long does the balloon stay in place?

Gastric balloons are typically removed after six months.

3. Can a gastric balloon be reused?

No, once a balloon is removed, it cannot be reused.

4. What is the success rate of gastric balloon procedures?

Success varies, with most patients losing between 10% and 15% of their body weight.

5. Are there any risks associated with gastric balloons?

As with any medical procedure, there are risks, but serious complications are rare.


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