Gastric balloon

Gastric balloon

The procedure involves an endoscopic placement of a soft balloon filled with saline solution. The material the balloon is made of is resistant to gastric acid. The balloon remains in the stomach for the whole period of treatment – maximum six months – then it is endoscopically removed by a doctor. The intragastric balloon is a method of treating patients with minor obesity for whom it means a therapy increasing their comfort of life as well as for patients with morbid obesity for whom it is a prerequisite for a return to a normal life. The treatment does not require any special preparation and there are very few contraindications for the procedure.

Procedure and treatment

Patients for the procedure have to undergo a series of medical and laboratory tests and consult a doctor. Balloon placement takes about 10-15 minutes and is performed in short intravenous aesthesia. Patient does not feel any discomfort. A probe with a balloon is inserted into the stomach with a gastroscope and the balloon is filled with saline solution (400 – 700 ml).

Balloon placement is fully reversible and it can be removed any time. After a few hours of staying in hospital patients are discharged home. Individual effects of balloon placement include decrease of appetite and evoking satiation, which is observed thanks to the reduction of stomach volume. The silicon balloon filled with saline solution reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold and causes the patient to feel fuller faster. It helps to implement two necessary rules, i.e. reduction in the amount of food eaten at a time and decrease of carbohydrates with a high glycemic index.

After six months the intragastric balloon is removed in a procedure similar to that of a placement. The doctor removes the saline solution from the balloon and removes it through the mouth with a gastroscope. The procedure takes about 15 minutes.

Gastric balloon – Contraindications & post-treatment recommendations

Water balloon (filled with physiological fluid). The procedure includes qualification for treatment, specialized examinations, balloon implantation, medical consultations, a 6-month care and removal of the gastric balloon. The technology and design of the Orbera® balloon helps patients lose up to 3.1x2 the weight of diet and exercise alone.

Water balloon (filled with physiological fluid). The procedure includes qualification for treatment, specialized examinations, balloon implantation, medical consultations, a 12-month care and removal of the gastric balloon. The technology and design of the Orbera® balloon helps patients lose up to 3.1x2 the weight of diet and exercise alone.

Air-water filled balloon (filled with physiological fluid). The procedure includes qualification for treatment, specialized examinations, balloon implantation, medical consultations, a 12-month care and removal of the gastric balloon.

The procedure includes surgery, consultations and examinations after the procedure, the price does not include the cost of qualification for treatment.

Price list

Gastric balloon filled with physiological fluid - Orbera (for 6 months) 6.500 PLN (with local anesthesia) / 7.000 PLN (with general anesthesia) + 300 PLN for anesthesia during removal procedure
Gastric balloon filled with physiological fluid – Orbera365 (for 12 months) 9.000 PLN (with local anesthesia) / 9.500 PLN (with general anesthesia) + 300 PLN for anesthesia during removal procedure
Gastric balloon filled with air & physiological fluid – End-ball 7.500 PLN (with local anesthesia) / 8.000 PLN (with general anesthesia) + 300 PLN for anesthesia during removal procedure
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) 22.000 PLN (with general anesthesia)
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