Gastric balloon.. A minimally invasive option to loose weight
Loosing weight could be quite challenging and difficult, gastric balloon placement could help motivated individuals to loose weight and increase the satiety sensation, which help to eat less and augment a sensible diet and healthy life style changes program.
Candidates may includes individuals with BMI of 27% and above, contraindications may includes, certain medical or surgical conditions.
How it can be done?
The procedure takes about 20-30 minutes, the balloon is placed under direct endoscopic guidance, with moderate to deep sedation and occasionally with general anesthesia.
The balloon is inflated and filled with 500 – 600 sterile saline
The recovery time and observation after the procedure may takes 2 – 4 hours
The allowed duration of the balloon inside the stomach depends on the type of the balloon, but in general, it should be removed endoscopically within 6 months after placement.
What is the expected weight loss ?
The weight loss amount varies from person to another however an average of 10 – 15 kg over a period of 6 months is expected when patients follow the dietary instructions and follow healthy life style, several factors may play a role, including original weight and BMI, age, eating habits and carbohydrates and high calories food intake.
What are the potential side effects, or complications?
In general endoscopic gastric balloon placement is much more safer than traditional bariatric invasive surgeries, since it is purely endoscopic procedure.
Common side effects during the first 3-5 days may includes nausea vomiting, cramps, abdominal discomfort and bloating, although following the gradual post procedure diet protocol and taking some medications during the 1st week will minimize these side effects, although less than 5% may not tolerate the balloon at all, and may requires early endoscopic removal
How to start the process of having gastric balloon?
We recommend for any interested person interested in this weight loss modality to call for evaluation by the consultant gastroenterologist, a thorough evaluation of the candidacy for such procedure will be conducted and further explanation and answering of any questions will be offered as well by the doctor, and after obtaining informed consent the procedure time will be scheduled.
How much it would cost?
The gastric balloon placement procedure cost is AED 18,000, that would include the procedure itself, any intravenous medications given during that day, and 2 – 3 visits to the dietician for the life of the gastric balloon over a period of 6 months, and one follow up visit to doctor 1 week after the procedure, any unexpected need for additional laboratory or radiologic tests or admission, would be excluded from this package price.
The endoscopic gastric balloon removal within 6 months of insertion will cost AED 6000
Book your appointment with our doctor Dr. Wael Dahhan, MD, FACG.
Certified American Board of Gastroenterology