Frequently Asked Questions
What is Gastric Balloon Surgery?
Gastric Balloon Surgery is a weight-loss procedure in which a saline-filled silicone balloon is placed in the stomach. This will help in losing weight by restricting the diet intake. This will make the stomach feel full.
What are the advantages of Gastric Balloon Surgery?
The following are the advantages of Gastric Balloon Surgery:
- Weight loss after the surgery is higher than the other methods
- Health conditions like diabetes, blood pressure, the risk of heart diseases, abnormal lipid parameters, depression, and bone pains, etc. may improve after the surgery in long-term effects
- Helps in rapid weight loss
What are the indications of Gastric Balloon Surgery?
Indications for Gastric Balloon Surgery are the following conditions:
- Heavy body weight or obesity
- Obesity with a BMI of more than 35
- When other weight loss methods fail in reducing body weight
What is the preparation for Gastric Balloon Surgery?
The following are the preparation steps to be followed for Gastric Balloon Surgery:
- Follow all the instructions given by the doctor or surgeon.
- Take food and drinks as instructed by the doctor.
- In case you are using any medications, inform the doctor about it and take them as directed.
What are the steps involved in Gastric Balloon Surgery?
The following are the steps involved in Gastric Balloon Surgery:
- The patient will be sedated with local anesthesia or general anesthesia depending on the patient's condition.
- A thin flexible tube that contains a light and a camera at the tip is sent down the throat into the esophagus. With the help of this device, the gastric balloon is sent into the stomach.
- Then the balloon is filled with saline fluid with the help of a catheter.
What is the postprocedure care/recovery care for Gastric Balloon Surgery?
The following are the post-care steps to be followed after the Gastric Balloon Surgery:
- You are restricted to eat for one or two days after the surgery.
- You should follow the specific diet as instructed by your doctor for at least 12 weeks.
- Start taking liquids first and then progress to soft food and then slowly to regular food.
- Follow all the restrictions on how much to eat and what to eat and drink.
Who can perform Gastric Balloon Surgery [Right specialist type for Gastric Balloon Surgery]?
Any qualified Gastroenterologist who has experience or training in Gastric Balloon Surgery is allowed to perform this procedure.
What is the cost of Gastric Balloon Surgery?
Cost of Gastric Balloon Surgery depends on factors such as:
- Admission fee
- Doctor fee
- Age of the patient
- Type of hospital
- The medical condition of the patient
- Post-surgical complications that are involved
- The admission room that you opted for
- Any other lab tests or examination tests such as Scanning, etc.
Minimum expenses in Pune starts from Rs.2,80,000
Average amount to be paid in Pune is approximately Rs.3,80,000
Maximum charges in Pune rise up to Rs.4,50,000
Is Gastric Balloon Surgery a major surgery or minor surgery?
Gastric Balloon Surgery is considered minor as it is a minimally invasive procedure.
What is the eligibility criteria for Gastric Balloon Surgery?
The following are the eligibility criteria for the Gastric Balloon Surgery:
- Body mass index more than 40 with co-morbidities conditions like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, lipid abnormalities, etc.
- Weighing more than 400 pounds or 200 kilograms.
- Above 18 years old suffering from obesity.
What is the ineligibility criteria for Gastric Balloon Surgery?
The following are the ineligibility criteria for Gastric Balloon Surgery:
- Individuals whose BMI is below 35 and do not have any co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, or abnormal lipid profile, etc.
- Patients who are having eating disorders that are not manageable.
- Individuals who suffer from obesity and do not have a commitment to change.
- Patients who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.
- Individuals suffering from mental illness.
What are the risks and complications associated with Gastric Balloon Surgery?
Any medical surgery has risks and complications along with benefits. Some of the risks and complications associated with Gastric Balloon Surgery are the following:
- Heavy feeling in the abdomen
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Feeling imbalanced
- Acid reflux
- Rupture of the balloon
- Injury while inserting or removing the balloon
How long does it take to complete Gastric Balloon Surgery?
Gastric Balloon Surgery may take about 1-2 hours to complete the procedure.
What is the recovery time?
The recovery time may vary with every individual. However, the recovery time is 2-6 weeks.
What is the success rate of Gastric Balloon Surgery?
The success rate of Gastric Balloon Surgery may depend on:
- Age of the patient
- Health condition of the patient
- Care taken by the patient after the surgery
- Lifestyle modifications
Is Gastric Balloon Surgery painful?
Every surgery comes with a certain level of pain and some discomfort. You won't be experiencing pain during this process because you will be under anesthesia.
Is Gastric Balloon Surgery permanent?
Gastric Surgery is not a permanent procedure. This may last for 6 months.
Can Gastric Balloon Surgery be detected in the future?
Gastric Balloon Surgery can be detected in the future until the balloon is in the stomach.
What are the options if Gastric Balloon Surgery fails?
If Gastric Balloon Surgery fails, the doctor may recommend:
- Gastric bypass
- Gastric Banding
- Sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve)
- Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch
What are the alternatives for Gastric Balloon Surgery?
Some alternatives to Gastric Balloon Surgery for weight loss are the following:
- Modifications or changes in daily food intake
- Doing physical activities daily for about 30-60 minutes
- Taking weight loss pills as directed by your doctor