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Is the gastric balloon right for me?

Gastric balloon is suggested to patients in the obese class I (BMI over 30). The operation is a prevention or treatment of the diseases caused by obesity and helps improve the patient’s quality of life and potentially prolongs it.

It is also used in serious cases of obesity (BMI over 50) in order to reduce weight before proceeding to another kind of bariatric surgery.

If you decide to lose weight with a gastric balloon, you need no reference from your practitioner. All the pre-operative examinations are done at the ISCARE clinic.

Schedule an appointment right now via the online consultation form, call us or send us an email (see contact details).

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How much weight will I lose with the gastric balloon?

This method has a great effect. As stated in all academic sources, the weight loses are 15-25 kg in 6 month for gastric baloon and 25-27 kg in 1 year for spatz baloon. The final weight loss always depends on the previous weight of the patient.

The weight loss with diets and physical activity is in average 8-10%.

The balloon flows freely in the stomach, evokes the feeling of fullness, reduces the capacity of the stomach and by that lowers the food intake. Thanks to this mechanism, the patient loses weight. The balloon stays in the stomach for 6 months in case of gastric baloon or 1 year in case of spatz baloon, during which the patient gets used to the new dietary restrictions and continues to follow these even after the balloon is taken out again.

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How is the procedure done?

The procedure itself takes only 20 – 30 minutes. Before the actual procedure, an endoscopic examination of the throat, stomach and duodenum is done. After that, the balloon is endoscopically inserted and filled with 14 – 21 fl. oz. of physiologic liquid mixed with special blue medical colour (methyl blue 0.1 fl. oz.). The colour indicates a potential leak of the balloon by colouring the urine. In case of a leak, the patient can quickly look for medical help so the balloon can be removed. If the empty balloon moves along the digestive tract, it usually spontaneously leaves the body in a few days.

The pre-operational check-up and the procedure are done in one day. The patient is able to leave the clinic within one day after the operation.

One of the biggest advantages of the gastric balloon is the use of local anaesthesia – injection (complete anaesthesia is used with all other bariatric surgeries) and less intervening in the human body as it would be with other bariatric operations.

After the period of 6 month for the gastric baloon or 12 month for the spatz baloon, the balloon is taken out endoscopically. By using special tools a small hole is made in the balloon so the liquid or air can get out. Then, the balloon is removed. The risk of taking it out is very small. The most common complication is the spontaneous leak of the balloon in the stomach. This happens only if the patient does not follow the time limit (6 or 12 months), which is also one of the disadvantages of this approach. After the above mentioned period of time, it is more than recommended to extract the balloon since the risk of the leak grows.

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How much does a gastric balloon cost?

The guaranteed price of the gastric balloon procedure is £1360. The price for the spatz balloon is £1650. Both prices include anaesthesia, surgery procedure, postoperative care, all medical materials + medicaments and food. The pre-operation check-up is £175 and we charge £105/night for hospitalization.

In case of the Spatz balloon, which can be adjusted during the period of 12 month, the first volume adjustment is free of charge, the 2nd and every further adjustment is £300.

If the results of the pre-operative check-up indicate that the procedure cannot be done, only the costs of the pre-operative check-up are charged.

In the case of inserting the gastric balloon, the price in addition includes the removal of the balloon after 6 months in case of the gastric baloon and 12 months in case of the spatz balloon.

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How will my diet change after surgery?

Right after the surgery you’ll starts with the gastric balloon diet plan. The gastric surgeon provides you with a nutrition schedule and gives you dietary advice.

Usually you’re on a liquid diet the first four weeks. It is recommended to drink clear broth, tee, coffee, diet non-sparkling beverages, juice, yogurt, etc.

Do not drink too much at once. It’s better to eat and drink more small portions than less and bigger ones.

You’ll be provided with your nutrition schedule at the ISCARE clinic.

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What are the potential risks and side effects
of a gastric balloon?

It’s generally believed to be a safe and reliable method. The risk factor is very rare.

The most frequent complication is the deflation of the balloon. This can easily be avoided if you follow the advice to have the balloon removed after the advised period of time (6 months for gastric balloon and 12 month for spatz ballon). The disadvantage of the adiposity treatment with the gastric balloon is the limited timeframe. After this period the balloon has to be removed. Otherwise the risk of deflation is increasing.

Since the body has to get used to the changes, gastric issues such as heartburn, stomach aches, nausea or vomiting can occur in some cases right after the surgery. Most of these go away within a few hours after the procedure. It is possible to take out the balloon immediately if they remain longer. Based on what has been mentioned above, we recommend the clients to stay at our clinic overnight so we can minimalize the risk of complications and the patient receives the appropriate care.

All information is intended for general and brief guidance. If you wish to receive more information, do not hesitate to contact us via the contact form or contacts.

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Main difference between gastric balloon and Spatz balloon

Gastric balloon

  • Has to be extracted after 6 month
  • Average weight loss 15-25 kg during 6 month
  • Price £1360

Spatz balloon

  • Has to be extracted after 12 month
  • Average weight loss 25-27 kg during 12 month
  • Price £1650
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