Gastric balloon

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.

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Gastric balloon abroad

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

This weight-loss surgery is ideal for those who don’t want to have general anesthesia and takes no more than 30 minutes.

Gastric balloon abroad in short

  • Gastric balloon, essentially, a short-term non-surgical weight loss tool.
  • It can be done under local sedation  by a team of experienced surgeons
  • The surgery takes approximately 30 minutes
  • All-included price: €3500 / £3,111 (see the exact price table below)

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FAQs about gastric balloon surgery abroad

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 balloon 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

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Will I be insured?

Yes, absolutely. Every patient of our clinic is insured by a sum of €50,000. The cover is against injury as a result of medical services.

Why is gastric balloon cost lower in your clinic?

Our clinic is not based in the centre 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 in 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 to 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 getting 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 needs 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 anesthetic 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, 2-3 night of hospitalization;
  • Necessary stay at a city-centre hotel;
  • 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.

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

Bariatric surgery abroad costs (all-inclusive)

Gastric balloon

€ 3500

Gastric sleeve

€ 5900

Gastric bypass

€ 5900

Gastric band

€ 4100

Gastric plication

€ 3400

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