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Gastric Balloon - FAQ

What is gastric balloon?

Gastric balloon is a medical device that is used to help people fight obesity. Doctor place the balloon, which filled with gas or saline solution, into the stomach in order to make less room for the food. As a result, patient feels satiety and eats less.

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How is gastric balloon placement performed?

The placement of gastric balloon is done using endoscopy through the mouth, under local sedation. The procedure takes up to 30 minutes, during it, you won’t feel anything. After the balloon has been inserted the doctor will but gas or saline solution into it.

Who is a candidate for the gastric balloon abroad?

The adult with a BMI (body mass index) between 27 and 35, who is in a good general and mental health can consider having gastric balloon.

How much is gastric balloon procedure in Poland?

Gastric balloon procedure has the lowest total cost out of all available types of weight loss surgery. Prices for the gastric balloon procedure in Poland starts from  € 2300 which is almost twice cheaper than in the UK.

Is the gastric balloon covered by insurance?

It depends on your insurance plan, but in most cases insurance does not cover gastric balloon procedure. You should contact your insurance company for all the details.

Will I be able to feel the balloon in my stomach?

For the first three days, there will be some discomfort in your stomach. After 3 days to 1 week, most patients do not experience anything other than a feeling of fullness.

How is the gastric balloon removed?

The balloon is removed in the same way as it was placed, using endoscope through the mouth. Before removing the doctor will deflate the balloon.  

How many kg will I lose with the gastric balloon in Poland?

In general, after 6 months most patients lose 30% of excess weight (10 – 25 kg). The long-term weight loss depends entirely on your diet and lifestyle choices. After gastric balloon procedure, some people may have loose skin, this problem can be solved with lipectomy in Poland

How long does it take to recover after insertion of gastric balloon abroad?

There is no need to stay for the night in the clinic after gastric balloon procedure. It is advised to take at least 3 days off work, in order to give your body time to get used to its new conditions. For two weeks you should avoid lifting heavy objects. After a month all the activities can be resumed.

Does gastric balloon limit activities?

Once your body has adapted to the gastric balloon (usually after 3 days) you can restart your usual activities. After the month you can restart any sport.

What happens if the balloon leaks?

This situation is very rare, but if it happens first thing you will notice is the change in the colour of your urine (blue/green). As soon as you notice it contact your doctor and he will extract the balloon with endoscopy. If you delay informing your doctor you might expect the balloon to be evacuated by the natural route.

Will I gain weight once gastric balloon is removed?

Yes, you can gain and you can lose weight once the balloon is removed, gastric balloon is not a “long-term fix”, long-term weight loss depends entirely on your diet and lifestyle choices.

What health improvements can I expect after gastric balloon procedure abroad?

Obesity is known to be very harmful to the health, with gastric balloon you will lose excess weight, as a result, you will feel improvements in dyslipidemia, high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), high blood pressure (hypertension), and joint/bone disease (osteoarthropathy). People who have type 2 diabetes might expect remission after gastric balloon procedure.

Why must the balloon be extracted after 6 months?

After maximum 6 months, the gastric balloon must be removed as the stomach adapts to it and it no longer causes a feeling of satiety.

After 6 months can I replace the gastric balloon?

Yes. But it is advised to wait at least 6 weeks before replacing, in order for you to see if your behavioral modification programs were successful and if you continue to lose weight without the balloon.

How long should I stay in Poland after gastric balloon procedure?

You should stay in Poland for at least 1 week if you want to have gastric balloon procedure done. The first day you will have a consultation and medical tests, the next day the procedure can be performed. There is no need to stay in the clinic after the procedure, but you should stay in Poland for at least 5 more days. 3 days after the surgery, you will have the check up with your surgeon, during which he will provide you with his contact information so you will be able to contact him from home.

Beauty Poland cooperates with best clinics in Poland and can guarantee you the high quality of the procedure. If you have more questions contact us, we will be happy to help you!

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