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Gastric balloon


Of intragastric balloon can be used just like in a dazzle of the stomach by swallowing a hose. Compared with the gastric band, gastric bypass or gastric reduction surgery is harmless and you can go again without anaesthesia and surgery on the same day.

The effect of the gastric balloon

The gastric balloon fills out a matching volume in the stomach, so that less food in the stomach has room. Food can be fed only slower by the blockage in the stomach. Thus a feeling of satiety is sooner and taking off at least 20 kilograms depending on the BMI in 6 months.

The insertion of the gastric balloon

Prior to surgery, the complete stomach is examined in the context of a normal Gastroscopy for abnormalities. A local anesthetic of the throat area and muscle relaxing drugs such as a Gastroscopy is obtained before the surgery. Then the hose must be swallowed and the silicone-based gastric balloon is filled with a sterile saline solution colored on a given volume. Then the hose is pulled out again and then floats in the stomach acid. The procedure itself takes about 20 minutes.

No suitability for a gastric balloon

  • No willingness to change the eating habits
  • Surgery on the stomach
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding.
  • Severe kidney, liver, or lung disease
  • Steroid therapy
  • Drug or alcohol addiction

Remove gastric balloon

The gastric balloon must be removed after 6 months at the latest. This is again swallowed a hose and drained the solution hose. The balloon is so again a minimum cut and discharged via the hose or the esophagus. After the removal of the gastric balloon, new eating habits must be kept up.

Gastric balloon and nutrition

Has a balloon of the stomach digestion less effective and the food intake is extremely slowed down. You will be forced by the intervention to adapt eating habits accordingly.

Gastric balloon costs and health insurance

The health insurance companies take over the costs for the operation in some cases. People with a BMI (body mass index) of over 30 is considered obese. Obesity or obesity is the cause of many health restrictions. A BMI of 40 (obesity type 3) usually costs take over the health insurance fund. It depends on the particular circumstances of the individual with a BMI below:
-Health situation (supplementary and secondary diseases)
-Mental health
-Unsuccessful diets or treatments for weight loss

The gastric bypass, BMI

The body mass index assesses body weight relative to body size. This formula: weight in kg divided by (size in meters high 2), so m / l sq.. BMI also distinguishes between women, men, and the age. Here, there are slight differences to the evaluation of the BMI.

Heavy underweight16
Moderately underweight16-17
Slightly underweight17-18.5
Normal weight18.5-25
Obese, obesity 130-35
Obese, obesity 235-40
Obese, obesity 340 +.

After the gastric balloon

The first 2 weeks to take only liquid food. Then you can switch to pulp. After 4 weeks, again solid food is allowed. The gastric balloon weight loss is often short term and limited to the six months in which the intragastric balloon is placed. If one is sure however to keep the eating habits, the removal of the intragastric balloon you can make an appointment with a plastic surgeon for skin firming in all problem areas immediately. Removing the excess flaps of skin is then subject to several OPs. You survived it all, to maintain his scars with a good Narbencreme, and is looking forward to a life without the excess pounds.

Price - cost in euro: 

1500 - 4000


Operation kind

Local anesthetic

Operation duration

20 min intervention (no surgery required)


After successful weight loss, you need a plastic surgeon for skin tightening if necessary.


The entire process with preparation, slimming and firming then takes at least. 1-2 years

Ability to work

After 1 week WG. Nutrition


  • The risk of infection is very low in endoscopic surgery
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Nausea
  • JoJo effect with weight gain after the removal of the gastric balloon after 6 months


Usually not permanently, because it only 6 months in another eating behavior is forced.

Health insurance

From a BMI 40 +, when all other treatments have failed. The personal circumstances play a role in the decision.


When the gastric balloon through external influence should burst, it recognizes this when urinating. The urine has a visible color that was originally added to the saline solution into the gastric balloon. Of intragastric balloon should be excreted normally of course. However, a doctor should be consulted immediately to security.

Before surgery:

Disciplined eating practice

Practice change in eating habits


After the surgery:

If necessary use drugs against nausea and vomiting

4 weeks only liquid food without carbonic acid or pulp

No foods that swell or expand

Avoid carbonated drinks

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