Gastric Balloon

balloonIs Gastric Balloon surgery something for me?


  • You are 18
  • Your BMI is over 27
  • Should you lose before there can be another type of gastric surgery

So “YES”

How is the Gastric Balloon surgery been made?

The balloon is made of a soft medical silicone. Empty balloon, which is attached to a soft tube, inserted through the mouth into the stomach. It is a simple procedure which takes 15-20 minutes, known as endoscopy. Before the procedure, you get a small amount of a sedative, which will work until the balloon is inserted into the stomach and filled with the necessary amount of brine. It is the weight of the brine, which causes the balloon to simulate the feeling of fullness. When the procedure is complete, the tube will be removed through the mouth and the pre-filled balloon remains inside the stomach.

Removal of the balloon 6 month after is also a relatively simple procedure. The tube is inserted through the mouth into the stomach, brine is removed from the balloon. Empty balloon is then removed through the mouth. A few hours after the procedure, the patient can return home.

How long should I have the balloon inside the stomach?

The balloon can be at most remain in the stomach for up to 6 months. Then it have to be removed. This is because the stomach acid gradually destroys the balloon and it can only hold in for six months. If the patient wishes to continue processing in this manner, it is necessary to remove the old and instead set a new balloon.

What should I know about gastric balloon surgery?

Especially in the first weeks of treatment, the patient can get a feeling of fullness in the stomach, heartburn, sometimes – nausea, vomiting. All these symptoms are relatively easy to remove with the medicine. Because the stomach is significantly smaller in the size, the patient will be forced to modify eating habits. In the early days, only consumed liquid in small portions, then “soft” diet and so regular diet.

Daily, throughout the residence time of the balloon in the stomach (ie 6 months), the patient should take Omeprazole 30 mg per day. This must be done to prevent inflammation and ulcers in the stomach. Stomach discomfort may last for 3-4 days and then the body adjusts to a foreign body in the stomach and one will stop to have side effects.

How much weight can I lose with a Gastric Balloon?

Experience with this method show that a person can lose between 20-25 kg within 12 months.

You can not be approved for Gastric Balloon if:

  • Previous surgery in the abdomen and pelvis
  • Inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, including esophagitis, peptic ulcer and diseases of the duodenum, Crohn’s disease, malignant tumors of the stomach
  • Has potential for bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, such as varicose veins in the esophagus and the stomach
  • mental disorders
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Regular use of aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, drugs that irritate the stomach, as well as anticoagulants (drugs that lower blood clotting)
  • Pregnancy or breast-feeding
  • Low self-discipline

Are there complications of Gastric Balloon surgery?

  • There are no serious side effects of Gastric balloon. As with any procedure there are also potential complications of a gastric balloon. Fortunately, they are rare.
  • Most often, there is intolerance of the balloon. How intolerance manifests itself as persistent nausea, vomiting. The patient may have pain in the stomach. If the patient can not tolerate the balloon must be removed before time
  • Rare (less than 1%) may develop erosions and ulcers of the stomach. Most often they occur if the patient does not take omeprazole to reduce the production of stomach acid.
  • Furthermore, the possible complications associated with anesthesia and endoscopy.