Gastric balloon Düsseldorf
The gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach during an outpatient procedure as part of a gastroscopy. Gastroscopies are routine procedures that are performed many thousands of times a year in Germany.
What is a gastric balloon?
A gastric balloon is a small balloon made of medical synthetic material, which is filled with liquid. The intragastric balloon can remain in the stomach for 6 or 12 months, depending on the manufacturer, and help with successful weight loss.
The intragastric balloon takes up space in the patient’s stomach during the entire therapy. Important nerves in the stomach are thus stimulated at an early stage. As a result, satiety can be achieved more quickly and last longer. Together with your aftercare partner, you will gradually develop a new eating behavior that can help you not only to reach your desired weight, but also to maintain it in the long term.
How is the gastric balloon inserted?
The gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach during an outpatient procedure as part of a gastroscopy. Gastroscopies are routine procedures that are performed many thousands of times a year in Germany. The patient sleeps through the procedure under a light twilight anesthesia and wakes up after only 20 minutes.
During this time, we use a small camera to examine your stomach for pre-existing conditions, such as stomach inflammation or ulcers, hiatal hernia or similar. If the stomach is healthy, the gastric balloon is inserted through the mouth into the stomach in an unfilled state. Under constant vision, the intragastric balloon is then filled with the ideal amount of liquid for the stomach. Usually this is 400 – 700 ml. After the procedure, you will remain in our practice for about an hour for observation and then you will be allowed to leave the practice under escort.
How much can you lose with a gastric balloon?
Gastric balloons have helped many patients lose weight in recent years. The exact weight loss always depends on the personal commitment of the patient, the follow-up care but also concomitant diseases. Studies have shown that weight loss of 17-22 kg in 6 months* and up to 35 kg in 12 months** has been achieved on average.
To ensure that this effect is sustained over the long term, patients in our practice receive close follow-up care throughout the therapy. Each patient has a personal contact person who accompanies him or her throughout the therapy and helps to get the most out of the therapy.
How much does a gastric balloon cost?
In our practice, you can choose between the 6-month gastric balloon and the annual balloon. These are different gastric balloon manufacturers. The cost of this therapy is 3,000 euros for 6 months and 4,300 euros for 12 months of therapy. This already includes all costs, including those of your personal care by your aftercare advisor or also Prof. Dr. Tim Lankisch personally.
What is the process of gastric balloon therapy?
If you are interested in gastric balloon therapy to achieve your weight loss goals, you can contact the My Weight consultants without any obligation. There you will have the opportunity to ask all your questions about the therapy during a free video consultation and find out if a gastric balloon is right for you.
Should you decide to undergo the therapy, your procedure will take place within the next 4 weeks. Your close coaching will begin one week before your procedure. Your personal contact person will contact you by phone and prepare you for your first week with gastric balloon. The first days after your procedure you will receive daily, later weekly and monthly telephone support on your way to your desired weight. Together with your aftercare partner, you will develop strategies on how to not only get the most out of the therapy now, but also how to continue to stay slim after the gastric balloon has been removed.
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* Buzga et al. (2014): „Effects of the intragastric balloon MedSil on Weight Loss, Fat tissue, Lipid Metabolism, and Hormones involved in Energy Balance”
** Usuy et al. (2017): „Response Rates with the Spatz 3 Adjustable Balloon”