Gastric balloon cost

At Nordic Gastric Balloon we prioritise safety and long term lifestyle modifications to improve weight loss outcomes. At our clinics, the procedure is performed exclusively by Dr. Haytham, who is a consultant surgeon and one of the most experienced in this field and has so far conducted more than 3000 gastric balloon insertions.

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 Orbera, Medsil, and Endball; and the 12-month balloon like 365 Orbera and Spatz. All of those balloons are approved for use in Europe.

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. There are many factors that affect the choice of a gastric balloon for each patient. However, the best approach is to think of safety, meaning if you can achieve your weight loss goal in four months (Elipse balloon), it’s better than the longer option which is 6-month balloon, or if you can achieve your goal with a 6-month balloon, it’s better than choosing a 12-month balloon. The shorter the period of placement the better the safety. Remember, most of the weight loss takes place in the first four months. All gastric balloon patients have to take a daily medication that is called (PPI) which neutralises the acidity of the stomach, but as a side effect, this medication blocks the absorption of iron and vitamin B12, and some other medications (like Levoxin), also the long term usage of this medication has the risk of changing microbiome of the intestine leading to undesirable outcomes. Also, the risk of balloon deflation will diminish with balloons that are 6-month or less.

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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