The gastric balloon, as the name suggests, is a balloon-shaped, blue medical grade silicone material filled with liquid or air. The gastric balloon is endoscopically placed in the stomach and inflated. It is a procedure applied to people whose body mass index is between 27-40 and who want to lose weight without surgery. The placed balloon shrinks the stomach, causing the person to eat less, and slowing down the passage of food by narrowing the stomach, then causing the feeling of hunger to settle. An important factor for the success of the procedure is that the patient calculates the calories consumed with the help of a nutritionist. The service life of the gastric balloon is 4.5-6 months or one year. This period is determined by the person's body mass index, the amount of weight they want to lose and their eating habits. With the gastric balloon, 15-30% of the current body weight can be lost in a short time. The goal is to burn fat, not muscle. It depends on the will of the patient, as well as on the treating specialist and supportive nutritionist. After the procedure, the patient's stomach will shrink, with the help of a nutritionist, his eating habits will be improved and his calorie needs will be determined. If the patient continues these new habits after the gastric balloon is removed, the result will be permanent.
People who are successful in diet, not enthusiastic about sports, who do not want surgery or whose medical condition does not allow surgery, who are uncomfortable with their weight, and whose body mass index is between 27-40 are suitable. Sometimes a gastric balloon is placed before surgery if the person needs to lose weight.
Gastric balloon application is not used in pregnant women, those receiving cortisone treatment, people with stomach disorders such as ulcers, gastritis, cancer, and people with a body mass index below 27. People who have had stomach surgery and have blood clotting disorders are not suitable for gastric balloon application.
In order to apply the gastric balloon, the person must be 18 years old and have completed his physical development. There is no upper age limit, if the person is in good health and has a weight loss goal, there is no obstacle in front of the application.
Gastric balloon can be applied to all men and women who are uncomfortable with their excess weight, who want to lose weight for health or aesthetic reasons, and whose health condition does not prevent this application.
It takes about 10-15 minutes for the balloon to be placed in the stomach.
Since the gastric balloon is not a surgical procedure, the patient is discharged immediately after the procedure and can return to his normal life. Symptoms such as mild pain, nausea, vomiting and cramps are normal for the first few days after the procedure. This is related to the compliance of the balloon to the stomach.
Gastric balloon does not burst. However, in rare cases, perforation can occur if the stomach secretes excessive acid. It is important to see a doctor if the patient notices a bluish discoloration in their urine.
Gastric balloons are used safely around the world. It is made of medical silicone material that does not harm the body. Although mild side effects may occur during gastric adaptation, these are easily treated.
Success and permanence depend on the will of the person. As long as the gastric balloon remains in the stomach, the patient adopts regular eating habits and thus loses a little weight. If eating habits are not changed after the balloon is removed and a healthy diet is continued, the application is permanent. However, if the patient returns to his old habits, it is of course possible for the stomach to expand and weight gain again.
The gastric balloon, which is placed in the stomach with the endoscopic procedure, is removed from the mouth with the endoscopic procedure after the balloon in the stomach is deflated. This process takes about 15 minutes.
This operation is performed under general anesthesia.
Gastric balloon prices may vary depending on the duration of use, the experience and expertise of the doctor, and the technological equipment of the hospital. Please contact us for detailed information and price requests.
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