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About gastric balloon

Gastric balloon is a complex procedure in which a silicone sack is placed in your stomach in order to achieve healthy diet and lifestyle. During the procedure surgeon applies local anesthesia and using endoscopic camera estimates your upper gastrointestinal tract and if there are no contraindications, a sterile sack is placed in the stomach. The following step is inflation of sack with fluid, usually saline, or air. The effect of this procedure is that the balloon creates a state of fullness. Filled stomach stimulates nervous system, a stimulus is created which reaches a center of hunger in the Central Nervous System (CNS) and blocks it.


As mentioned above, balloon is placed to help change your diet to the healthy way. Guided by dietician you should reduce daily amount of calories to 1000 Kcal for females and 1200 Kcal for males. During the first postoperative week you should have just liquids, later include some solid food in your diet. It may sound extreme, but the balloon which is placed in the stomach helps to create a feeling of fullness while eating small portions. The programme lasts 6 months after which that gastric balloon should be removed. This exact time is chosen because human’s organism should adapt to dietary changes in this time. Moreover, the stability of gastric balloon diminishes under the influence of gastric acid.

Who qualify for gastric balloon?

The procedure is suitable for people with high BMI or type II diabetes. The latter are prepared for gastric bypass procedure and also screening for it in such way. Contraindications are associated with technical issues (gastroscopy) - peptic ulcer, gastritis, duodenitis, hiatus hernia. Furthermore, this procedure is not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women, psychiatric patients.


It is so called “day – hospital” surgery because it lasts only 20 minutes and does not need a substantial recovery period in hospital. After it you can come back to work or continue your usual activities. The feeling of discomfort in upper abdomen floor is frequent.  Still, sometimes symptoms such as cramping, nausea or vomiting may appear. Usually the side effects cause trouble in the first days after the surgery. By the way, if they are severe, taking some medication such as antispasmodic or antiemetic drugs should be considered.


There is also a possibility of gastric balloon deflation which is usually caused due to overeating, hyperacidity, unchanged sack for more than 6 months. Since inserted sack has a special substance, your urine will change color to green after deflation, giving you a sign of the complication. Usually leaked balloon moves through the intestine and is excreted with feces but in some cases it causes life threatening bowel obstruction. Other complications involve troubles inflating or deflating balloon, balloon intolerance and formation of gastric ulcer.

Weight loss

Doctors state that weight loss during the gastric balloon programme should range from 20 to 30 kilograms. In contrast to other bariatric surgeries, where weight loss depends on chirurgical technique, coordination of precise diet, regular exercising and psychological factors make greatest changes. Sometimes there are some visible changes after the removal of gastric balloon, this just emphasizes the use of person willingness.

Allan Geliebter, Pamela M Melton and others performed a double blinded study “Gastric balloon to treat obesity”. The subject was a group of 10 people, who matched these criteria - BMI higher than 40, body mass stable for more than 3 years, person not trying to lose weight. After inserting gastric balloon a pronounced weight loss was observed after 2-3 weeks. Furthermore, it was stated that smaller increase of glucose in the blood, smaller elevation of glucagon and insulin concentration were probably due to delayed gastric emptying. The latter process was determined by the instrumental examination. Another study covered 103 patients with gastric balloon by MD Paula P. Elia in Rio de Janeiro. The study assessed the difference between inflating balloon with fluid and air. The first study involved 84 patients, who had gastric balloon filled with saline solution. Two of them had spontaneous leak of the balloon, the average weight loss for the remaining subjects were 9,18 %. The second study covered 19 patients - the average weight loss was 4,9 %. It is obvious that gastric sack filled with fluid has better effect on weight and of course is more popular than filled with air.

In conclusion, besides procedure’s reversibility, short duration and small risk of complications it is not recommended for all obese patients. Gastric balloon procedure should be obligatory to those overweight patients who are determined to change eating habits as well as start regular exercising.