Overweight is a thorn in the side of many people not only from an aesthetic point of view, but also from a health point of view. A gastric balloon can help you lose weight excessively over the long term and lead a healthier life. If all attempts at dieting have failed and, in the worst case, the annoying yo-yo effect on the scales shows even more weight than before the diet, it is time to rethink. The gastric balloon offers an organ-preserving way to lose excess weight quickly and sustainably.
A small silicone balloon is placed in the stomach in the course of gastroscopy and filled with saline solution under constant visibility.
How does a gastric balloon work?
The balloon filled with saline moves freely in the stomach after implantation. This is already pre-filled and the patients are already satisfied with small portions. The therapy includes individual nutritional advice from our economist Mr. Ermann Toy. The long-term change in diet means that weight loss is retained even after the balloon is removed.
Who is suitable for a gastric balloon?
The therapy is suitable for patients with a BMI from 27 and up to 40 who have so far not been able to achieve permanent weight loss through conservative weight reduction programs.
How does the intervention work?
The balloon is implanted on an outpatient basis and is a gentle procedure. As with gastroscopy, the silicone balloon is placed in the stomach through the esophagus and filled with blue saline. The amount of fluid depends on the individual needs of the patient.
The saline solution is colored blue, so that in the most unlikely event of a leak in the stomach balloon, this can be determined by a green discoloration of the urine. The whole procedure takes only 20-30 minutes and after a short wake-up phase you can start your journey home. A few days off-season should be planned. As soon as you wake up, our nutritionist welcomes you and you start your journey on the way to your dream weight. As a certified nutritionist, Mr. Toy is at your side during the entire therapy with advice and action.
After the implantation of the gastric balloon, the desired effect occurs immediately: in the first few weeks you can quickly lose 2-3 kilos per week. If the change in diet is combined with a little physical exercise, a loss of up to 60% of excess weight is possible. Through years of experience with gastric balloon therapy, our patients achieve very good weight loss success – even after the balloon has been removed.
How long is the wearing time?
Depending on how high the desired weight loss is, two variants of the gastric balloon are possible.
With a decrease of up to -25kg, the 6-month variant is optimal. Weight loss of up to -35kg can be achieved with the 12-month balloon, because this variant has a decisive advantage. With a valve, the annual balloon has the option of increasing the filling volume even further after a certain wearing period. The effect? In the last few months in which other gastric balloon patients lose weight, you can radically lose weight again with the annual balloon.
As an experienced gastroenterologist and with over 25 years of experience with gastric balloon therapy, Prof. Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Foerster is an expert in this area and helps his patients to get rid of unsightly excess weight permanently.