Gastric balloon: How to lose weight without undergoing surgery? Servidigest Barcelona: Get to know the reference clinic in Spain.
The placement of the gastric balloon (also called intragastric balloon) is a simple and quick procedure without adverse effects.
Gastric balloon is an outpatient procedure. After placing the balloon, the patient returns home, being able to carry out his usual activity in the coming days.
During the duration of the gastric balloon treatment, the patient will be able to re-educate his eating habits in order to maintain weight loss after removing the gastic balloon. Many patients have already achieved their ideal weight with this minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment.
Gastric balloon frequently asked questions:
What is the gastric balloon?
The gastric balloon is a high quality silicone balloon with a maximum safety valve system. It is introduced into the patient’s stomach endoscopically in order to fill it partially.
The gastric balloon is designed to stay in the stomach for 6 months with the aim of producing a feeling of fullness and satiety. It also enables the monitoring of an established nutritional-dietary guideline.
The great advantage of the gastric balloon is that it forces you to regulate the amount of intake, it prevents you from overeating and it helps you to follow a certain dietary re-education to acquire adequate dietary and nutritional habits. These nutritional habits will help the patient not only to lose weight, but also to maintain the weight loss once the ball has been removed.
The duration of gastric balloon treatment is 1 year (6 months with a gastric balloon + 6 months of control and follow-up). The extensive experience already obtained, and the efficacy/safety characteristics of this procedure make it an increasingly frequent treatment.
What kind of patients can undergo gastric balloon treatment?
The gastric balloon is recommended for patients who need to lose weight and have not been successful after trying multiple diets. The patients must have the capacity to acquire new nutritional habits during this period.
To undergo gastric balloon treatment, 2 requirements must be met:
– Be 18 years old
– Be willing to follow a medically supervised professional programme.
Criteria according to Body Mass Index (BMI)
In some overweight and mild obesity cases with a BMI <30. In moderate obesity with BMI between 30 - 35. In some severe obesity cases of with a BMI between 35-40 without associated diseases. When BMI> 40, the best treatment is bariatric surgery, although in certain patients who reject surgery, it can be tried as a non-surgical alternative.
The multidisciplinary team of medical specialists in Gastroenterology/Endoscopy, Endocrinology, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Clinical Psychology, always assess the personal and clinical situation of each patient to determine the best treatment. The treatment is chosen according to the degree and level of Overweight or Obesity presented by the patient.
At the same time the balloon is placed, the patient is assisted by a multidisciplinary team of experts who will elaborate a personalized diet and an exercise plan to help him/her adopt a healthy lifestyle that allows him/her to lose weight.
Which patients would not be candidates for an gastric balloon?
The main contraindications consist of some important digestive diseases, some previous surgical interventions, active alcoholism or drug addiction, pregnancy, some pharmacological treatments and some psychiatric diseases that the doctor shall evaluate.
What is the success rate of the gastric balloon?
Although a specific weight loss cannot be guaranteed, the rate of good results in gastric balloon treatment ranges around 80% of the treated patients, with an average weight reduction of between 15 and 20 Kg. The result depends on the characteristics of each person and the correct follow-up. In some cases even superior results have been achieved (up to 30 kg).
During the six months the gastric balloon treatment lasts, the patient will re-educate his/her eating habits to maintain weight loss after removing the balloon. If necessary, team of specialists in endocrinology, nutrition, dietetics and / or psychology will propose a program of weight loss maintenance.
Why is it important for an obese patient to seek professional help?
Obesity is according to the WHO one of the great epidemics of the 21st century. Its increase is due to poor eating habits and a lack of physical exercise. Obesity causes the appearance of other diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, osteoarticular degenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, psychological disorders (anxiety, depression), sleep apnea, gynecological, digestive and liver disorders. It also may increase the probability of having uterine and colon cancer.Being overweight is a disease that evolves towards obesity, therefore, it is important to slow its progression before it affects the patient’s health significantly.
How much does gastric balloon cost?
How much is gastric balloon?
The cost of gastric balloon at Servidigest Barcelona clinic (Spain) is 4,800 euros.
- First visit to the endocrinologist.
- First endoscopy
- Preoperative exams
- Installation of the gastric balloon
- Medical supplies
- Removal of the gastric balloon
- All visits for one year to digestive system specialists, endocrinologists and nutritionists.
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