Gastric Balloon in Turkey
Gastric balloon, also known as “intragastric balloon”, is a non-surgical weight loss method used in obesity treatment. During the procedure, a balloon is inserted into your stomach via endoscopy and then the balloon is inflated with saline solution (salt water).
The gastric balloon takes up space in your stomach, allowing you to get full faster and eat less food. In this way, you can lose weight quickly. At the same time, you can maintain your weight in the long term with healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes.
If you have tried to lose weight with diet and exercise but have failed, gastric balloon in Turkey may be suitable for you.
Candidates for Gastric Balloon in Turkey
Gastric balloon in Turkey may be an option for you in the following cases:
- Your BMI is 27 or above
- You have tried to lose weight with conventional weight loss methods but failed
- You are ready to make long-term lifestyle changes
The gastric balloon is also used in patients with a BMI of 50 or above. Since the surgical procedure is risky in these patients, the use of a gastric balloon for 6 months before surgery may help reduce the risks associated with surgery.
If you are wondering whether a gastric balloon is the right choice for you, then contact us for a free consultation. We look forward to helping you.
Benefits and Advantages of Gastric Balloon
The biggest advantage of the gastric balloon compared to other bariatric surgery options is the prevention of potential risks related to surgery. You can be discharged after a simple procedure that takes about 15-20 minutes.
With the gastric balloon, you can lose approximately 20-30% of your body weight. But remember that each patient is unique and the amount of weight loss can vary depending on individual circumstances.
In addition to weight loss, the gastric balloon can help improve or resolve various health problems that may be associated with obesity, such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnoea and heart disease.
Recovery and Nutrition After Gastric Balloon
After the gastric balloon procedure, it may take a few days for your stomach to get used to the balloon. During this period you may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and cramps.
After the gastric balloon, you will follow a liquid diet (e.g. water, juice, milk) for the first week, then gradually switch to soft foods and then to solid foods.
After the gastric balloon is removed, it is possible to eat more food and gain weight again because your stomach will return to its former size. Therefore, it is very important to adopt healthy eating and exercise habits to achieve your weight loss goals and maintain your weight.
Risks and Complications of Gastric Balloon
Most patients usually experience no complications, but you should be aware that, as with any endoscopic procedure, the gastric balloon has various risks and side effects.
After the gastric balloon procedure, you may experience nausea, vomiting or stomach cramps. However, these symptoms usually last for a few days and can be controlled with simple medication. However, there may be rare cases where the symptoms do not go away. The body may not tolerate the inserted balloon for 6 months. Therefore, it may need to be removed early.
A potential risk involves the deflation of the balloon. The balloon is usually expelled naturally, but in rare cases it can cause blockage of the intestines.
Frequently Asked Questions About Gastric Balloon
How much weight can I lose with a gastric balloon?
With the gastric balloon, you can lose approximately 20-30% of your body weight. But remember that each person is unique and that weight loss results can vary from person to person.
Can I have a gastric balloon after gastric sleeve surgery?
You can have a gastric balloon before gastric sleeve surgery, but you cannot have a gastric balloon after gastric sleeve surgery. This includes gastric bypass, gastric band and gastric hernia. Since your stomach is surgically altered, the risk of complications from the balloon is quite high.
Will I gain weight again after removal of the gastric balloon?
Since your stomach volume will be restored after the removal of the gastric balloon, you may gain weight again if you do not stick to your diet and exercise habits. The most important component of a successful gastric balloon procedure is that you are physically and emotionally ready for permanent lifestyle changes.
Is a gastric balloon safe?
The gastric balloon is a safe weight loss option with the lowest risk of complications as it does not require surgery and anaesthesia. When applied by an experienced surgeon, the results are also very effective. However, as with any procedure, there is a small probability of experiencing complications.
How long do I have to stay for a gastric balloon in Turkey?
For the gastric balloon, you need to stay in Turkey for a total of 3 days. You will be discharged from the hospital 1-2 hours after the procedure. Then you will stay in our partner hotel for 3 days.
How much does a gastric balloon in Turkey cost?
The cost of gastric balloon in Turkey varies depending on various factors such as the type and brand of the preferred balloon, the experience of the surgeon who will perform the procedure, the technology, equipment and service quality. Prices are usually between £2,500 and £3,500.
How long does it take to recover after a gastric balloon?
Depending on how your body adapts to the gastric balloon, you can return to your normal life within a few days. As nausea and vomiting are common in the first days, we recommend that you take 1 week off from work if you are working.