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Gastric Sleeve Surgery

4 Nights

Average Length of Stay in Istanbul

1 Session

Average Session Required

4 Days

Length of Stay in Hospital

1-3 Hours

Operation Duration

General Anesthesia


2 Weeks

Recovery Time

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Understanding Gastric Balloon Treatment

The gastric balloon, also known as an intragastric balloon, is a weight loss aid for individuals who are overweight or obese. It involves placing a soft, saline-filled balloon into the stomach to occupy space, thereby promoting a feeling of fullness sooner while eating and reducing overall food intake.  

Initial Consultation: Assessing Suitability

The journey to gastric balloon treatment starts with a thorough consultation. During this meeting, your surgeon will review your medical history, weight loss goals, and previous weight loss efforts. Criteria for the gastric balloon typically include a BMI (Body Mass Index) within a specific range and the absence of certain gastrointestinal conditions.

Pre-Treatment Evaluation: Ensuring Safety

Before the procedure, you may undergo various tests, including blood tests, a physical examination, and possibly an endoscopy, to ensure you're a suitable candidate for the gastric balloon and to identify any potential risks.

The Procedure: Inserting the Gastric Balloon

The gastric balloon procedure is minimally invasive and usually performed under sedation or light anesthesia. The deflated balloon is inserted into the stomach through the mouth using an endoscope. Once in place, the balloon is filled with saline to the desired volume, taking up space in the stomach.

Recovery and Adaptation: The First Few Days

After the procedure, patients often experience nausea and stomach discomfort as they adjust to the balloon. These symptoms typically subside within a few days. Patients are usually able to return home the same day and can often resume normal activities within a day or two.

Lifestyle Changes: Maximizing Success

Success with the gastric balloon involves more than just the procedure; it requires a commitment to lifestyle changes. This includes adhering to a nutritious, low-calorie diet and engaging in regular physical activity. Nutritional counseling and support groups may be part of the comprehensive treatment plan.

Balloon Removal: Completing the Treatment

The gastric balloon is a temporary weight loss aid, usually remaining in place for six months. The removal process is similar to the insertion, performed under sedation or light anesthesia, where the balloon is deflated and then gently removed through the mouth with an endoscope.

Long-Term Weight Management: After the Balloon

After the balloon is removed, ongoing commitment to a healthy lifestyle is crucial for maintaining weight loss. Patients are encouraged to continue the dietary habits and exercise routines established while the balloon was in place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Gastric Balloon Treatment Painful?

While the insertion and removal of the balloon are generally not painful, patients may experience discomfort and nausea as they adjust to the balloon.

What Are the Risks of Gastric Balloon Treatment?

Risks are relatively low but can include balloon deflation, migration, gastric discomfort, and in rare cases, gastric perforation. Regular follow-up appointments can help mitigate these risks.

Why Consider Gastric Balloon Treatment?

The gastric balloon is a non-surgical option that can kickstart significant weight loss and help patients adopt healthier lifestyle habits. It's an option for those who are not suitable candidates for weight loss surgery or who prefer a less invasive approach.

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