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Gastric Balloon

Gastric Balloon

The gastric balloon is a method that has become popular in recent years in the fight against obesity. This method is applied to help individuals struggling with obesity or excess weight lose weight. The gastric balloon is an inflatable balloon placed inside the stomach, increasing the stomach’s fullness and encouraging eating less.

The gastric balloon weight loss method is usually used in addition to diet and exercise programs. With the gastric balloon, a person feels fuller faster while eating less, supporting weight loss. However, the gastric balloon is not a miraculous solution on its own, and experts generally consider this method as a source of motivationGastric Balloon Application is generally performed using endoscopic methods and does not require a surgical procedure. The duration of the balloon staying in the stomach may vary from person to person, but it is usually between 6-12 months. During this time, individuals should undergo regular check-ups to maintain their health.

When the gastric balloon loses its function, it is removed from the stomach again under sedation using an endoscopic method.

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What are the Risks of Gastric Balloon?

Among the advantages of the gastric balloon are its low surgical risk, being a short procedure, and increasing the quality of life. However, there are also some risks associated with the gastric balloon; these risks include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, digestive problems, among other side effects.
There is a possibility that a long-term presence of the balloon in the stomach may cause ulcers.
The gastric balloon may rupture and advance from the stomach to the small intestines, leading to intestinal obstruction.

How Much Does Gastric Balloon Cost?

The cost of a gastric balloon varies depending on the type of balloon placed in the stomach. The price for a balloon staying in for six months ranges around €1000 – €1500 on average. The price for a gastric balloon staying for 12 months ranges between €2500 – €3500

How long does the gastric balloon procedure take?

The gastric balloon procedure is a procedure that lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Do I need to be hospitalized for the gastric balloon?

You do not need to be hospitalized for the placement of a gastric balloon.

How can I know if the gastric balloon has burst?

The balloon placed in the stomach is usually inflated with blue water. If the balloon bursts, the blue water is absorbed into our intestines and our urine turns green. Green urine indicates that the balloon has burst.

Does the gastric balloon cause a lot of pain?

The sensation of pain varies from person to person. While many people do not feel any pain, some individuals may experience cramp-like pain. The first three days after placement are important. Individuals who get through the first three days smoothly generally have a successful experience with the balloon.

How many days should I set aside for the gastric balloon procedure?

The gastric balloon application is a same-day procedure, so you only need to set aside one day.

Do I need to follow a diet with the gastric balloon?

Since the gastric balloon aids in making dieting easier, it is recommended to follow a diet alongside the gastric balloon for healthy weight loss.

Will I gain weight back after the gastric balloon is removed?

If you do not learn to live a healthy lifestyle and eat properly, you may gain weight back.

In summary, the gastric balloon is an effective supportive method in combating obesity. However, before opting for a gastric balloon, it is important to consult with a specialist and consider your health condition. Additionally, the gastric balloon should be just one part of the weight loss process; making permanent changes in lifestyle such as balanced nutrition and regular exercise programs is crucial.

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