The Endoscopic Gastric Balloon or Intragastric Balloon is a non-invasive Bariatric procedure to bridge the gap between simple diet and exercise and a more complicated Bariatric procedure like Gastric Sleeve Surgery.
How the Gastric balloon work
The Gastric Balloon is filled with a saline which partially fills the stomach, as a result helping the person to feel less hungry. You feel stomach full sooner while eating and therefore will eat less.
Gastric Balloon procedure
It is inserted into the stomach through the mouth without surgery. Firstly, the doctor inserts an endoscopic camera into the stomach. If no abnormalities appear, then Gastric Balloon is placed through the mouth and down the esophagus into the stomach. Once reached inside the stomach, then it filled with a sterile saline solution, through a small filling tube attached to the Gastric Balloon. Once filled, the doctor removes the tube by gently pulling on the outer end, leaving the balloon inside the stomach.
Gastric Balloon procedure overall takes only 20-30 minutes and requires minimal recovery time. You can go home on the same day, or the day after the procedure.
Cost of Treatment
In general, the cost of Gastric Balloon varies from $3000 to $7500 depending on other factors and one geographic area to another.
Who Need Gastric Balloon
- If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30-40 kg/m2 and unable to lose weight through diet and exercise.
- If you have medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, the gastric balloon may help you to achieve long-term weight loss. Along with this procedure, a health care provider will supervise your diet and exercise plan.
- It can help to reduce the risks associated with surgical procedures on obese patients.
- A screening process will help your doctor see if the procedure might be beneficial for you.