Gastric Balloon

About Gastric Balloon

Gastric Balloon procedure, which is also called intragastric balloon, is a weight-loss procedure in which a saline-filled silicone balloon is inserted into the stomach to make it fuller so that the patient will eat less and feel fuller faster. The balloon will be removed after 6 months. The patient will lose 10 to 25 Kg by doing gastric balloon procedure, but he/she should follow physical activity program and specific diet to remain thin.


This procedure is done when diet and exercise have not helped the patient to lose weight and the obesity is increasing the risk of health problems to the patient.

time requirements

Minimum stay

1 week

Hospital stay

Not required

Operation duration

1 hour

Anesthesia type


Back to work

1 week

Post visit

1 trip

Before Gastric Balloon

Before the gastric balloon procedure the patient will meet with the surgeon for an examination.

Since the gastric balloon procedure might not be the best choice for everyone who is overweight, the surgeon will explain the other options, such as the gastric sleeve ,gastric bypass,  or gastric banding and recommend the best option to the patient.


Other general recommendations before the procedure are:


  • Do not eat 12 hours before the appointment.
  • For 6 hours before the appointment, do not drink.
  • Have endoscopy of the stomach (gastrointestinal endoscopy), esophagus (EGD), duodenum (esophagogastroduodenoscopy), and H. Pylori test.
  • Tell the doctor if you are allergic to any medicines
  • Follow the diet program given by the doctor (some foods or drinks might be avoided before the procedure)
  • Avoid taking any medication without the prescription of your doctor
  • Stop smoking and drinking alcohol two weeks before the surgery
  • Do the physical activities or exercises recommended by the surgeon
  • Tell the doctor about your medical history or if you have any health problems such as diabetes
  • Discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider before the surgery and make sure you are aware of every steps of this procedure

How is Gastric Balloon performed?

Gastric balloon procedure is an endoscopic bariatric therapy which means it is done through the use of endoscopy. The procedure is also done under sedation. Hence, the patient is conscious during the procedure but won't feel anything.


The surgeon inserts a thin tube (which is called catheter) loaded with deflated balloon down the patient's throat into the stomach. Also, an endoscopic flexible tube with camera will be inserted to the stomach to observe the procedure. The surgeon inflates the balloon inside the stomach then takes out the endoscopic tube and the catheter from the patient's mouth.


The patient can go home after a few hours. This procedure doesn't have any cut or incisions so the patient can easily go back to the normal life.

Anesthesia type

Gastric Balloon

In gastric balloon procedure, a deflated balloon is inserted in to the stomach and then inflated. 

Recovery procedure

Possible discomfort

Feeling pain in stomach, vomiting and having nausea or hiccups are normal for a few days after the balloon insertion.

Post procedure care

  • Follow the diet program that the doctor offers which is generally consists of liquid (normally up to 2 weeks)
  • Sleep on the left side of your body with your head and neck higher than your left shoulder.
  • During the first month, eat soft foods.
  • Eat slowly and chew carefully.
  • Drink 10 glasses of water every day.
  • Take pain medication as recommended by your doctor
  • Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks after the surgery
  • Visit a nutrition to give you a healthy diet for next 6 months
  • During weeks 7 to 12, you need to start exercising 3 to 5 days a week. 

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What you need to know

Not recommended for

  • Heavy smokers.
  • Patients with diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Patients who had gastric surgery before
  • People with healthy BMI

Potential risk

  • Balloon deflation
  • Infection
  • ulcers or a hole (perforation) in the stomach
  • blockage in digestive system

Cost parameters

  • Technique of the surgery
  • Patient’s health condition i.e diabetic
  • Qualification/expertise of the surgeon


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