Gastric Balloon in Kaunas Lithuania

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Gastric Balloon Price

The gastric or intra gastric balloon placement is a non-surgical procedure which provides an intense weight loss therapeutical effect in the treatment of obesity. Combined with dietary consulting and appropriate behaviour modification programmes it allows obese people to achieve great aesthetic and health related benefits.

3.100 € / 2.480 £

(gastric balloon placing and removal after 6 months)
+

500 € / 400 £

(airfare and accommodation)

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Who qualify for gastric balloon?

There are two main indications for the intra gastric balloon placement.

First, this procedure can be applied to severely obese patients before vital surgeries (like pre-surgical procedure) in order to prevent postoperative complications. Results have showed that obese patients have 5 times higher risk of postoperative heart attack, 4 times higher risk of peripheral nerve injury, 1.7 times higher risk of urinary tract or wound infection as compared to non-obese patients. Consequently, weight loss achieved with the help of the intra gastric balloon decreases the risk level of the postoperative complications.

The other indication is obesity. It is an excessive fat accumulation menacing one‘s health. The obesity is diagnosed according to the BMI (body mass index). The BMI is individual‘s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his (or her) height in metres. The BMI shows the risk to one‘s health. A person, whose BMI is equal to or more than 30, is considered obese and is on the several times higher risk of heart disease, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and many other life threatening or life quality decreasing disorders. The BMI which is equal to or more than 35 indicates morbid obesity.

When gastric balloon cannot be performed?

Gastric balloon placement cannot be done if there is a large hiatal hernia, malignant lesions of the stomach, long-term steroid therapy, severe kidneys and liver disease, respiratory insufficiency. Peptic ulcer is a temporary contraindication which means that it has to be treated before the gastric balloon placement. The gastric balloon placement is also not performed on teenagers, pregnant or breast-feeding women and patients who suffer from alcoholism or drug addiction.

Gastric Balloon Technique

The whole gastric balloon placement procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes. First of all, the physician performs an endoscopic examination of the stomach. The endoscope is an illuminated fiber-optic instrument which helps to visualize the hollow organs (like stomach, gall blader, etc.) from the inside. It can be used for diagnostic or, as in the gastric balloon placement procedure, for therapeutic purposes.  If no pathology or anatomical abnormalities are observed, the gastric balloon placement is carried out.

The balloon is made of soft and bendy silicone elastomer material. Before it is inserted into the stomach the balloon is deflated in order to achieve the smallest form of it. The balloon is placed endoscopically through the mouth and down the oesophagus. Anaesthetics are applied topically on the throat mucous membrane in order to facilitate the swallowing. If the patient feels very uncomfortable, muscle relaxing medications can be used but there is no need for general anaesthesia.

After the balloon is placed into the right position, it is filled up with the air or sterile saline through the catheter (a small tube) connected to the balloon. After the balloon is filled, the catheter is removed. The self-sealing valve of the balloon prevents it from deflating spontaneously.

Gastric Balloon Removal

The gastric balloon is removed after six months. The removal is similar to the placement – it is done endoscopically through the esophagus and mouth. Before this, a catheter is inserted through the same way and connected to the balloon. After the connection is done, the balloon is totally deflated in order to make the removal easier. Once this is done, the balloon is grasped and removed. Using the balloon for longer periods is not recommended because eventually gastric acid will damage the balloon material which, consequently, results a deflation of it. This could cause severe complications like, for example, bowel obstruction. If the results of weight loss after six months are not satisfying, the use of gastric balloon can be prolonged. In this case, the old balloon must be replaced with the new one.

Effect

Actually, the gastric balloon is just an aid in the process of losing weight. Changing the habits of eating and living is crucial in this process. The gastric balloon placement makes these changes more attainable. With the help of this procedure the patient reduces the urge of eating a lot without big efforts. A full balloon contacts with the inner walls of the stomach and stretches them. Stretching of the walls results specific neurohumoral reactions which determine the sensation of satiety. Furthermore, the balloon fills the gastric capacity and this makes the patient to reduce his or her consumption of food and getting a smaller amount of calories. The body starts using fats as an energy source and the weight decreases.

After gastric balloon placement

After the procedure the patient is monitored for a short time in order to assure that no complications have developed and all vital functions are stable. If there are not any threats to the patient’s health, the patient is able to return home at the same day the procedure was performed. A liquid diet is prescribed for the first week after the gastric balloon placement. In the second week of postprocedural period a detailed dietary plan is scheduled by the professional dietist. Additionally, the aftercare appointments with the doctor are required.

Complications

Nausea, vomiting, gastric discomfort and bloating are common but not long-lasting complications of gastric balloon placement. The other group of complications are sever but low rate, for example gastric perforation occurs in about 0.21% of patients, bowel obstruction - 0.17%, the removal of gastric balloon due to digestive intolerance - 2.43%.

Results

According to the clinical review, the gastric balloon promotes a weight loss of 5-9 BMI units (kg/m²) in six months. For example, if the person is 1.6 metres height and weights 100 kilograms, the possible weight loss would be 13-23 kilograms. However, same clinical review reveals that 25-40% of gastric balloon users regain their weight in a one year balloon-free period. Consequently, the gastric balloon placement can help to achieve remarkable results but the results will be temporal without dietary and behaviour modifications.

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