By Bahar Ozbal • Medical review by Ali Durmus, MD on September 11, 2023

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Gastric Balloon

It is the result of a gastric balloon performed by Vehibe Işık, MD. For reference purposes only, results may vary.

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Average Cost $ 750
Treatment Sedation or general anesthesia
Recovery Time 1-2 Week

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What is a Gastric Balloon?

The intragastric balloon, also known as gastric balloon surgery, is a non-surgical procedure that restricts the space inside the stomach using a saline-filled balloon. The procedure is performed as a weight-loss treatment for the individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of between 27 and 40.

As the balloon takes up space inside your stomach, you may feel full even with a small amount of food. You may name the gastric balloon procedure as a training program. Till the day the balloon is removed or deflated, you will learn to eat less than usual.

Gastric balloon surgery is a reversible and temporary procedure. After six months to a year the balloon will be removed or deflated. To maintain the results you will need to pay attention to your diet and as a daily routine you will have to start on an exercise program.

Gastric balloon costs in Turkey depends on which procedure you choose, experience level of the surgeon and their practice location. Approximately Gastric balloon costs in Turkey varies between 1.800$- 5.000 $.

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Non-surgical weight-loss procedures like Orbera, Obalon, and Ellipse are the types of Gastric Balloons…
The Obalon Balloon System is an effective nonsurgical weight-loss option for the ones who have a body mass index (BMI) from 30 to 40 kg/m2. The individuals has to be 22 years or older. 
The Obalon Balloon System is the first swallowable, nonsurgical, noninvasive, FDA-approved balloon procedure for weight loss. The Obalon Balloon System is a 12-month program. The first part of the program which lasts six months the individual will go on a supervised nutrition and exercise program with the Obalon Balloon in; the second part of the program will contain a healthy diet and exercise program after the balloons are removed. 
During the Obalon treatment the individual will swallow a capsule (Gastric balloon Pill) gradually over three months. Each procedure takes approximately 10 minutes and performed in two-week increments. Your doctor will inflate the balloon with gas by the help of thin tube that is attached to the capsule. 

All Obalon balloons will be removed six months after the first balloon is placed. All three balloons are removed by an endoscopic procedure, under light, conscious sedation which takes approximately 15 minutes. Obalon Gastric balloon results shows that the individual may lost on average 15 pounds to 50 pounds when they stick in to a diet and exercise program. 
Orbera balloon system is a weight-loss option for the ones who have obesity-related problems with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40. 
The Orbera balloon treatment is safe and effective, non-surgical,  FDA-approved weight loss system. Orbera balloon treatment is designed to provide long-term weight loss by making you feel less hungry and feel fuller quicker. 

The first part of the program which lasts six months, starts with the balloon placement. The individual will be under sedation during the procedure. It takes approximately 20 minutes for the doctor to push the deflated balloon down through the   throat to stomach and to inflate the balloon with saline solution. 

After 6 months the doctor will remove the balloon and then the second part of the program will start. The 2nd part contains a healthy diet and exercise.  On average, Orbera Gastric balloon results shows that the individuals lose 3.1 times more weight than with diet and exercise alone.
The Elipse gastric balloon is also a swallowable option. It is nonsurgical, noninvasive and  nonendoscopic solution for the individuals who wish to lose a moderate amount of weight. 
During the Elipse gastric balloon treatment the individual will swallow a capsule (Gastric balloon Pill) connected to a long thin tube. The procedure does not require sedation and will be performed approximately 15 minutes. 

Approximately 10 minutes after, your doctor will monitor whether the capsule introduced into the stomach and by the help of the thin tube your doctor will inflate the balloon with sterile saline (saltwater). 
In Elipse gastric balloon treatment, the balloon will remain in for four months. After 4 months the balloon will dissolve by its own. Gastric balloon results vary due to the individual sticking the diet and exercise program besides the treatment. 

Gastric Balloon is suitable for the candidates who has a body mass index (BMI) between 27 and 40. The candidates has to be 22 years and over.  

You can typically expect to lose between 20 and 50 pounds. You can expect lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, portion control and exercise. 

Both are different procedures. Gastric sleeve is performed for the ones who has a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or higher. Gastric Balloon s performed for the ones who has a BMI of between 27 and 40. 

Gastric sleeve is a surgical procedure. So as as with any surgery, complications are a possibility. Gastric Balloon procedure is safer with minimal complications. But if the balloon is left in the stomach for more than six months then serious complications may occur. 

It is possible to lose 20 to 50 pounds (9-22 kg) if the individual pay attention on her/his diet, exercise and life style.

What can I eat with a Gastric Balloon?

Gastric Balloon procedures requires a specific diet for the first four weeks. For the first 2 weeks the individual has to take a clear liquid diet which will help the stomach time to settle. After 2 weeks soft pureed foods will be added to your diet before you reintroduce solid foods. 

The gastric balloon treatment is a safe procedure with minimal complications. Rarely complications such as nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea and abdominal pain may result. 

These Gastric balloon side effects and complications are the natural reactions that the body gives to the "foreign object" in the stomach. After 3-4 days as the body becomes accustomed to the balloon’s presence the individual will feel back to normal soon after.

Although unlikely, yes there is a risk of gastric balloon burst. If your urine turns to blue or green, this is the sign of a gastric balloon burst or deflation which means you should immediately contact your doctor. 

The individuals will not feel pain during the procedure as they are sedated. But, some individuals says that they have experience pain or discomfort during the inflation of the gastric balloon. About one-third of people reports that soon after insertion of a gastric balloon they have experienced pain that lasts for about 3-4 days. 

Although it is very very rare, while inserting the gastric balloon if oesophagus or stomach is punctured it is possible to feel pain. 
Gastric balloons are removed by using an endoscope that goes down through the throat and into the stomach.. First, the individual will be given a mild sedative. After, saline solution in the balloon is drained by the help of endoscopic equipment.  

And finally,  the deflated gastric balloon is taken out of the stomach through the mouth. This procedure takes less than 30 minutes.

Turkey offers affordable and safe Gastric balloon procedures, with high quality services. The clinics that provides Gastric balloon procedures in Turkey has very experienced doctors in the field of gastric balloon and bariatric surgeries. 
Besides the gastric balloon costs are effective there are many reasons for choosing Turkey.  Turkey is an attractive destination   with its strategic location, international standards clinics and hospitals, skilled expert teams and experienced patient consultants. 

Turkey is one of the top 10 countries with the most developed medical tourism destination. So do İstanbul... In Istanbul most of the clinics have modern accreditations, including JCI. With years of experience and positive results in Gastric Balloon field, 

Istanbul offers confidence. Istanbul is an impressive destination with natural beauties, historical past and culture. You may enjoy your time before and after your gastric balloon procedures. 

Written on 23/08/2019


Last Update: 24/10/2023

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