Gastric balloon Cost, Info & FAQs

A gastric balloon is an intragastric balloon that can be temporarily placed into the stomach. At our clinic, we place the balloon for up to 1 year before it needs to be removed. Its purpose is to prevent you from overeating and helps with steady weight loss.

Gastric balloon cost & info

  • In short: a gastric balloon is a weight-loss procedure that involves placing a saline-filled silicone balloon in your stomach. This helps you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat and making you feel fuller faster.
  • Done under conscious sedation, deep sedation, or general anesthesia by a team of experienced surgeons
  • Length of hospitalization: <1 night (included)
  • Minimum required stay abroad: 6 days
  • Waiting time: none / very short
  • Trustpilot rating (by UK & EU patients): 4.8/5. Top Clinic in Lithuania, EU
  • All-included cost: €3500 / £2,955 (see price table below)
  • Possible refund from your local health board: yes (only pay for the flight from your own pocket)

 

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Flights & accommodation

Don't worry, our travel manager will offer you a few best alternatives for air travel & accommodation. Also, all the prices include overnight stay and care at the clinic

Personal travel manager & 24/7 assistance

Many clinics these days have lost the personal touch with their patients. However, with us, you will always have someone to talk to, rely upon and take care of you (if anything).

Pick-up/drop-off & transportation

You will be picked up (and dropped off) at the airport by your travel manager. All the transportation between the clinic and hotel is also included.

Extra phone + local call credit

We are just a phone call away if needed. Thus, we provide our patients with extra phones with local SIM cards and unlimited call credit.

Help with after-care

At all times you will have direct contact with the surgeon and your travel manager. Who will answer your questions & provide recommendations.

Insurance & Safety

Our patients are covered by reliable insurance covering surgical malpractice. Yet, first & foremost, we ensure maximum safety.

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What makes us different?

We like to say that our clinic is not a factory. That is that we work with only a limited number of patients each year. That helps us to provide our best and give much-needed personal attention to the patients.

The clinic itself is equipped with the newest medical technologies. Naturally, it covers all the EU care standards and employs maximum safety measures. After surgery, the patients stay in cozy single-bed rooms. It makes recovery calm and pleasant.

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Everything about gastric balloon in our clinic

How does the gastric balloon booking process looks like?
  • Make an inquiry and ensure that all your questions are answered
  • Free and non-binding consultation with a bariatric surgeon to discuss possible treatments
  • Your travel manager will propose available dates for your operation
  • After agreeing on a surgery date, you will receive a contract for all the medical and non-medical services
  • To finalize a surgery date, an advance payment of €475 will be required
  • Your travel manager will provide the most convenient flights and hotel options
  • Upon arrival, your travel manager will meet you at the airport and organize all the necessary tests and consultations
  • On your surgery day, your travel manager will take you to the clinic 2/3 hours before the operation
  • After the surgery, you will be hospitalized in our clinic depending on your treatment
  • Before being discharged from the clinic you will have a post-operative consultation with a bariatric surgeon, all necessary medication and instructions will be provided as well
  • Once discharged from the clinic your travel manager will be in touch with you and will assist you with any problems.
  • Most of our patients travel alone with ease! We can guarantee that for every minute of your stay, you will feel cared for and supported
What's gastric balloon surgery?

Gastric balloon surgery is performed under conscious sedation, deep sedation, or general anesthesia by a team of experienced surgeons.

Gastric balloon procedure is done in the endoscopy unit as an outpatient procedure. You’ll be sedated for the procedure.

During the procedure, the surgeon advances a thin tube (catheter) loaded with the intragastric balloon down your throat into your stomach. Next, the doctor advances an endoscope – a flexible tube with a camera attached – down your throat into your stomach. The camera allows your doctor to see the balloon as he fills it with saline.

The procedure takes about a half-hour. You can normally go home one to two hours after the procedure is finished.

Who is a good candidate for gastric balloon?

You typically qualify for bariatric surgery if you have a BMI higher than 29. The gastric balloon can be used in a staged approach for patients who are too heavy to go directly to weight loss surgery or as the main treatment for patients who are too high risk to have surgery. It can sometimes be used as an alternative for patients who do not wish to have surgery or do not meet the recommended minimum weight guidelines for surgery.

Why do people go for surgery abroad?

Patients go for gastric balloons abroad for multiple reasons. Main ones being:

  • There are no (or very short) waiting lines for bariatric surgeries
  • Individual attention from the surgeons
  • Recommendations from previous patients, friends, or family
  • Top-quality service for affordable prices

Read/watch reviews of our previous patients below.

Will I be insured?

Our patients are covered by reliable insurance covering surgical malpractice. Yet, first & foremost, we ensure maximum safety.

Why is gastric balloon cost lower in your clinic?

Our clinic is not based in the center of Stockholm or London and does not have to pay eye-watering rents. We also work with a limited number of patients and do not waste massive sums on marketing. Therefore, you pay only for the surgery & world-class rehabilitation (and not for an expensive location or advertising on TV or on the tube).

At the same time, you get an all-inclusive package (making your travel stress-free) when booking with us.

Is it safe?

Getting the surgery abroad involves similar risks as getting the surgery at home. For that reason, we recommend always check the following:

  • The surgeons and their credentials. Preferably, ask for an online consultation to meet your surgeon before going abroad
  • What do the previous patients say about the clinic and their experience
  • Whether you will be insured

Never base your decision on the price alone.

Can I get a refund from my local health board?

You can have your surgery done for free by claiming a refund from your local health board. We are helping patients with the documentation needed in order to claim a refund after following the EU directive route for medical treatment abroad. Patients usually choose this route because of the long waiting list in their country of origin.

How soon can I travel back home after gastric balloon?

Most of the patients can travel back 6-8 days after the surgery.

For your flight back it is advisable to get special assistance to help to get in/out of the plane. The service is freely provided by the airports/airlines.

What about the recovery after gastric balloon surgery abroad?

Patients after gastric balloon surgery need about a 2-3 week recovery period, (although some can take as long as 6 weeks) before they can return to work.

How soon will I be able to drive after gastric balloon?

We advise that you should not drive a motor vehicle for 2-3 days after your gastric balloon operation. This is to allow the effects of any anesthetics and any post-operative painkillers to wear off.

When can I start exercising after surgery?

In order to get the most out of your weight loss surgery, it’s going to take a lot of hard work on your part post-surgery. That includes working out on a regular basis. Depending on your health and how your body is healing, your doctor may allow you to engage in light exercising in the first two weeks after surgery.

How much weight you should expect to lose after gastric balloon?

A patient can expect to lose as much as 30-40% of excess body weight. Losing a significant amount of weight can lower the risk of various obesity-related health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes.

*Note that the gastric balloon only helps patients who can actively contribute to the process by following a diet and forming healthy lifestyle habits.

What about the clinic & surgeons?

We like to say that our clinic (based in Lithuania, EU) is not a factory. That is we work only with a limited number of patients per year. That helps us to provide our best and give much-needed personal attention to the patients.

The clinic itself is equipped with the newest medical technologies. Naturally, it checks all the EU care standards and employs maximum safety measures. After surgeries, the patients stay in cozy single-bed rooms. It makes your recovery calm and pleasant.

Our brand is rated 4.8/5 by hundreds of UK & EU patients. See their (video) reviews here.

Read about our surgeons at the bottom of this page.

What exactly is included in the package?
  • Everything for the treatment, anesthesia, 1 night of hospitalization;
  • Diet instructions after bariatric surgery
  • FREE dietitian follow-up
  • Needed consultations, medical tests;
  • Finding best airplane ticket deals;
  • Meeting at the airport, personal driver within Lithuania;
  • 24/7 assistance in Lithuania;
  • Special discount for plastic surgery later (if needed)
What are the possible complications? What if something goes wrong?

Complications after gastric balloon are rare, yet they may occur (as is with any other surgical procedure). The complications include:

  • Sore throat.
  • Reflux symptoms
  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Bleeding (very rare)
  • Airway and breathing complications (very rare).

You will be guided through all the possible complications during your consultation(s) with the surgeon.

In case you are feeling unwell or there is anything abnormal:

While you are still in Lithuania: you will be immediately checked upon by the medical personnel. Should there be a need for a follow-up procedure, it would be carried out for you free of charge.

The complication in the later stages of the recovery is even rarer and most of the time, not an emergency. If they happen, our surgeon would consult you online and explain the steps to take.

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What to expect after gastric balloon surgery?

  • After gastric balloon surgery, a patient should expect to spend 1 day at the hospital.
  • You will be recommended to start drinking water by small sips already in the first few hours after the surgery. The first 3-4 days after the surgery you will drink only water under the control of medical personnel.
  • You will be advised to start walking the same or the next day after the surgery.
  • You will be given pain medications to control pain.
  • Exercise is important in the recovery from any operation. Walking is one of the most effective forms of exercise for this purpose. Later a regular daily exercise program is highly recommended. Physical exercise improves muscle tone while you are losing weight. About six weeks after surgery you should be able to tolerate all but the most strenuous exercises.
  • A specific diet will also have to be followed

every result is individual. We put our utmost care to ensure that the patient is happy with it.

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The prices given below are exact (without hidden costs). Many other clinics increase their initial prices.

All-included Gastric balloon abroad cost

Gastric balloon cost in our clinic includes everything you will need: the procedure, medical tests, anesthesia, hospitalization (1 night), transportation, etc. There are no hidden costs.

  • Gastric bypass – €6400 / £5,403
  • Gastric sleeve €5900 €5475 / £4,622
  • Gastric band – €4100 / £3,462
  • Gastric plication – €3600 / £3,039
  • Gastric balloon – €3500 / £2,955
  • Bikini Line Gastric Sleeve – €6500 / £5,488
  • E-consultation with the surgeon – free
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