Best Gastric balloon clinics

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The world’s best hospitals for the gastric balloon are presented in the list below. Specialists perform stomach balloon for obese patients treatment. People with obesity and related problems (diabetes, high cholesterol, etc.) notice the improvement in 6 months after the procedure.

The ranking is formed according to balloon surgery for weight loss reviews and Bookimed Doctors’ expert opinion.

The price for the gastric balloon varies in different countries and cities. The balloon weight loss surgery cost includes consultation with a doctor and the procedure itself. The cost depends on surgeon’s fee.

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What is the gastric balloon?

The gariatric balloon surgery is a conservative (non-surgical) method of weight reduction. During the procedure, a surgeon installs a special balloon into the stomach.

The balloon is made of high quality transparent medical silicone. It is a thin-walled elastic ball 13 cm in diameter. The balloon is filled with water and has a volume of 500 ml.

The gastric ballooning takes up a significant part of stomach volume. Consequently, the amount of food a person can eat decreases.

The balloon stretches the stomach wall, which leads to saturation receptors irritation. That’s why a person feels sated.

Top 3 countries to undergo the operation according to balloon surgery for weight loss reviews

Germany

Germany is a leader in performing the balloon surgeries in Europe according to the gastric balloon surgery reviews. The oldest and the most famous hospitals for the procedure are situated here. German specialists perform the procedure with high effectiveness. 90% of the procedures are successful.

The balloon weight loss surgery cost in Germany depends on hospital and doctor’s reputation. Medical centers of the country offer the average gastric balloon prices within Europe.

Israel

Israel is among the best countries for undergoing the procedure according to balloon surgery for weight loss reviews. Bariatric specialists of the country have vast experience and offer high-quality management. Service level in private and state hospitals is on the same level due to Israeli laws.

The balloon weight loss surgery cost in Israel usually includes consultation with a bariatric surgeon and the procedure itself.

Turkey

The country is among the most affordable according to gastric balloon surgery reviews. International patients choose Turkey due to high-quality services, reasonable prices, and high qualification of bariatric specialists.

The gastric balloon cost in Turkey includes consultation with a doctor and the procedure itself. The price depends on hospital’s status and doctor’s qualification. The cost in Turkey is 2-3 times lower than the gastric balloon prices in Europe due to country's economic development. But the quality of the procedure performing is on the same level.

Stomach balloon effectiveness

The balloon can be put into the stomach for only 6 months. After this, it must be taken out. The period is explained by the fact that gastric juice destroys the balloon gradually. If a patient wants to continue balloon treatment, s/he needs to replace the old one with a new balloon.

Keep in mind that the balloon helps to reduce the weight for a short time, but does not provide a definitive solution to the obesity problem.

According to the balloon surgery for weight loss reviews, patients:

  • lose about 40 kg
  • have 15 kg of excess fat loss
  • decrease body weight by 40%
  • decrease body mass index by 5% after the procedure.

Procedure effectiveness depends on the eating habits and diet of a patient. According to gastric balloon surgery reviews, if a person eats 1,000 calories a day, s/he will lose up to 18 kg. Those who have led the usual way of life did not lose more than 9 kg.

How much does a gastric balloon cost?

Usually, the stomach balloon surgery cost includes consultation with a doctor and the procedure itself. Additional procedure schedule depends on the hospital and patient condition. In some clinics balloon packages and programs are available.

The balloon weight loss surgery cost varies depending on:

  • country

Each country offers different prices for the procedure. It depends on state economic development level and average price policy. Asian nations offer 3-4 times lower bariatric balloon cost in comparison with European ones.

  • city

The price for gastric balloon differs from city to city within a particular country. Larger and more economically developed megapolises offer 2 times higher balloon weight loss surgery cost than the smaller cities. However, the quality of the procedure is on the same level.

  • private or state hospital

Clinics are divided into private and state ones. The bariatric balloon cost in state hospitals can be 2 times lower than in private clinics. But the management quality in state centers is also lower. It depends on the country where a hospital is located. Specify the information on at the clinic contact center and read gastric balloon surgery reviews when choosing a hospital.

  • doctor’s qualification

The best bariatric doctors undergo international training and have vast experience. The balloon weight loss surgery cost is higher when a specialist with an excellent reputation performs the procedure.

Indications for stomach balloon procedure

  • 30-40 BMI (body mass index)
  • presence of obesity-related problems
  • prescribed bariatric surgery
  • prescribed joint replacement for obese patients.

Even a slight weight loss in obese patients leads to an operation risk reduction.

Contraindications for the procedure

  • inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (esophagitis, gastric and duodenal ulcers)
  • stomach tumors
  • potential sources of bleeding in the digestive tract (varicose veins of the esophagus and the stomach)
  • congenital abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract (atresia and stenosis)
  • large hiatal hernia (esophageal opening of the diaphragm)
  • mental disorders, alcoholism, and drug addiction
  • constant intake of aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, drugs that irritate the stomach, anticoagulants (medications that reduce blood clotting)
  • pregnancy or nursing a baby.

Surgery process

The gastric balloon is not a surgery, but an endoscopic procedure. A balloon is inserted through the mouth under the control of a gastroscope. A patient is under general anesthesia during the procedure.

A patient swallows the balloon. A bariatric doctor fills the balloon to the required volume (500 ml) and extends the catheter from the balloon.

Postoperative period

A patient can return home a few hours after the gastric balloon. Operation may result in severe nausea or repeated vomiting for short time. That’s why bariatric doctors recommend staying in a hospital for 1 day.

A patient achieves the best results if s/he consumes 1,000-1,500 calories per day.

Complications after the gastric balloon

According to balloon surgery for weight loss reviews the most widespread complications after the procedure are:

  • intolerance to a foreign body in the stomach
  • spontaneous inflation of the balloon
  • heartburn
  • constant feeling of the stomach fullness.

How to choose the best hospital for balloon procedure?

Submit a request on Bookimed web site. A Medical Doctor specialized in gastric balloon will contact you. S/he will answer all your questions and give all necessary information.

According to your preferences, a Doctor will compose a treatment program. It will include the exact balloon weight loss surgery cost in your particular case.

Bookimed is an independent healthcare platform for searching the best treatment options. Bookimed does not represent any specific clinics. Its services are free for a patient and is paid for by the partner medical centers.

How much does gastric balloon cost ?

Doctors calculate the cost of the gastric balloon individually for each patient. The price may depend on the hospital's reputation and doctor's experience. You may get the final gastric balloon cost only after the consultation with a doctor.

30 clinics are represented in the ranking. According to their data, the approximate gastric balloon cost is:

  • The average cost is $4800. The lowest price is $3800 and the highest — $6250.
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