Gastric balloon cost varies depending on the type of balloon used for weight loss. At Nordic Gastric Balloon the cost is very competitive and is intentionally made lower than most of the other clinics in the Scandinavian countries because of the efficient management of the resources, and the higher number of procedures we perform. At our clinics, the procedure is performed exclusively by Dr. Haytham, who is as a consultant surgeon and one of the most experienced in this field and has so far conducted more than 2000 gastric balloon insertions.
* Price of the non-adjustable balloon (6 months) is 1800 GBP/2100 EUR, including insertion, removal and dietary and training program. (for details…call tel: +45 53 56 33 31)
** Price of the adjustable balloon (12 months) is 2800 GBP/3250 EUR, including insertion, removal and dietary and training program. Adjustment price is 350 GBP/400 EUR. (For details, call Tel: +45 53 56 33 31)
*** Price of the swallowable capsule (Elipse) is 2800 GBP/3250 EUR, including insertion, x-ray, a digital scale, dietary program.
A person who desires to lose weight may choose between two categories of gastric balloons: Endoscopic balloons (Medsil, Orbera, Spatz), and Swallowable (Elipse).
The 1st category: Endoscopic gastric balloons
There are two kinds of gastric balloons that are inserted and removed using endoscopy and sedation: Non-adjustable gastric balloons that can either stay in the stomach for 6 months like Medsil, and the adjustable gastric balloon (Spatz) that can stay inside the stomach for 12 months. All of those balloons are approved for use in Europe. While it’s usually more affordable, the downside of this category, compared to the 2nd category, is that intolerance to the balloon usually end up with its early removal since doctors cannot downsize the balloon to address the intolerance issue. The other limitation of non-adjustable balloons is that the effect tends to partially dwindle after three to four months of insertion as the stomach learn how to accommodate the foreign body inside it. Multiple studies have demonstrated that 80 to 90 percent of weight loss is achieved during the first three to four months of gastric balloon therapy. Thus, an increase in the balloon volume after the first four months may induce more weight loss. Patients can either choose to keep the balloon until the end of the six months or opt to have a second non-adjustable balloon with higher volume inserted after removing the first balloon either before its removal time or afterward. (For details, call Tel: +45 53 56 33 31)
The adjustable balloons that can normally stay in the stomach for 12 months, allowing for the balloon volume to be adjusted after insertion to address intolerance symptoms or insufficient weight loss. This category is represented by Spatz balloon, which has also been in use in Europe for many years. Preliminary results demonstrated that patients lost an additional 9.4 kg after receiving upward adjustments to the volume of their balloons. Conversely, individuals who experienced balloon intolerance benefited from a downward adjustment.
The 2nd category: Swallowable capsule (Elipse)
Elipse is a procedureless gastric balloon made from polyurethane that is swallowed by the patient before it is filled with 550 mL of saline through a thin catheter. After approximately four months, a resorbable material inside the balloon degrades. The resorbable material must completely degrade before a release valve opens and allows the balloon to empty within minutes. The empty balloon is then excreted naturally. Elipse may be desirable for patients who wish to avoid endoscopy and/or anesthesia.
How does the Elipse Balloon get into my stomach?
After your physician confirms that Elipse Balloon therapy is right for you, s/he will place the balloon in your stomach during a brief 20-minute outpatient visit. You will swallow a capsule that contains the deflated balloon along with a thin tube. Once the capsule has entered your stomach, your doctor will use the tube to fill the balloon with liquid. Once the balloon is filled, your doctor will gently remove the tube—and you’ll be on your way.
Is the balloon easy to swallow?
Most people are able to swallow the capsule containing the Elipse Balloon without any issue. People who do have difficulty swallowing it can be assisted by their physician, who will use thin wire (stylet) to help guide the capsule into place—still without endoscopy or anesthesia.
How much weight will I be able to lose?
Most people lose between 13 and 15 kg over four months of therapy.
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Endoskopiklinikken Århus A/S Jens Baggesens Vej 88E 8200 Århus N
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