The gastric balloon, sometimes called the intragastric balloon is a soft, silicone balloon that is inserted into the stomach and filled with sterile saline. This is a non-surgical procedure, done without general anesthesia. The balloon is usually left in the stomach for six months and is sometimes done as preparation for other weight loss surgeries.
The silicone balloon will occupy about two thirds of the stomach. After six months the balloon will be removed because its quality will be affected by the acidic environment in which it stays. The procedure does not take more than 30 minutes and the patient will be able to return home the next day if there are no complications.
Gastric Balloon is ideal for people struggling with obesity due to excess accumulation of body fat. This sometimes leads to negative health consequences in them. Acute obesity causes hypertension, coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus, stroke, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, gall bladder disease, and even certain types of malignancy. People with these troubles can go for Gastric Balloon procedure for an effective relief from obesity.
The cost of Gastric Balloon at Bypass Gastrico Merida is $2,900.
Note: Cost of Gastric Balloon removal is extra $1000.
The gastric balloon is a soft silicone balloon inserted into your stomach to give a feeling of fullness to your stomach. The gastric balloon is inserted into your mouth to reach the stomach through the passage of your esophagus. A thin and flexible tube, called endoscope, is used for this insertion that has a light and a camera on one end. You will be given “light” anesthetic for this procedure for mild sedation. This is a completely painless procedure, though a bit uncomfortable. The insertion procedure takes only 10 to 15 minutes and you can go home the same very day.
The gastric balloon is deflated and removed normally after six months as there can be an increased risk of balloon deterioration and perforation after this period. You can lose between 20 and 30% of your excess weight (your weight over a BMI of 25) by Gastric Balloon procedure. However, this can vary in different individuals depending on individual circumstances.
Endoscopically placed gastric balloon help you to achieve weight loss as it takes up space in your stomach and restricts your food intake. Thus, you eat less and gain less weight. Your excess body fat gets burnt in the process of metabolism during this period.
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