Gastric Balloon, or referred to as Intragastric Balloon, is a new weight loss non-surgical procedure that performed by placing a lightweight, saline-filled silicone balloon in the stomach.

This balloon helps the patient losing weight by making him or her feel fuller with less food in the stomach. Although weight loss surgery has become something widespread among both men and women, some people still do not prefer the surgical solution to treat obesity. Nowadays, there has become several available weight loss solutions without having a medical operation. The Gastric Balloon is one of the nonsurgical treatment types of Bariatric, which helps people effectively to get rid of the overweight.

Endoscopic Gastric Balloon

Endoscopic gastric balloon, also known as gastric balloon, is a non-surgical bariatric treatment in which a deflated silicon balloon is inserted into to stomach to limit the capacity and amount of food it can hold. This treatment seems viable and ideal for those patients who are a bit nervous or scared of undergoing more complicated surgeries and wish to control their weight or lose weight after struggling with diet and exercise.

Gastric balloons take up a certain portion of your stomach and and after the removal, it helps you change your long-term eating habits and adapt a healthier life style. Therefor, it is strongly believed that it is a short term weight loss treatment which is reversible. Gastric balloon treatment seekers should be highly aware that slower progress will be made, because it does not provide results as effective and permanent as more complicated surgical treatments such as gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy does.

To avoid intestinal obstruction by poorly designed balloons you need to be ensured of the quality of material that the balloon is made of and ensure the gastric acid resistancy.

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The assessment of the patient starts with full endoscopic examination to figure out existence of any indicator for reflux, ulcer, gastritis in upper digestive system. After we ensure gastric balloon is suitable and fitted into your current state of health then balloon is inserted into your stomach and gradually inflated while your doctor is being assisted with monitoring and screening Araçlar of endoscope. An ink-like coloured agent is used to inflate the balloon simply to help patient recognize its colour in the urine in case any leaking is being detected by the patient.

2 hours of hospital rest is suggested only and after that you may immediately return back to your daily routine. Very rare but in some cases the human body may reject the foreign substitute and removal of the balloon placed might be emerged. Therefor your postoperative feedback following 6 months will highly be appreciated by our professional team and doctor. You will be suggested and provided a diet plan to minimize the discomfort you may confront. Also it is important to know that we suggest removal of balloon should be performed by the doctor who inserted it. Therefor our general surgeon Ali Sarac will be doing periodic check on you to know how your progress is going and decide when to remove the balloon.

To get more information on available treatments at Oddo Obesity Surgery and your best tailored weight loss plan please contact your medical consultant.

The group of patients who are eligible for gastric balloon treatment;


  • Who once were on weight loss programmes but failed.
  • Who have no major problems in the digestive system.
  • With no chronic high-dose analgesics or aspirin use.

Gastric Balloon in Turkey

Gastric balloon or intragastric balloon is an endoscopic weight loss operation; this non-surgical treatment aims to change the patients’ eating habits and thus achieve weight loss by a medical gastric balloon inserted inside of the stomach and restricts the space for food; with this procedure, satiety is achieved faster with less food.

Gastric balloon is a well-known procedure for obesity that offers a safe and smooth procedure; it is highly opted by those who would like to improve their life quality and prevent from certain diseases related to obesity by losing weight.

Who Is a Suitable Candidate for Gastric Balloon?

Gastric balloon is a very quick and easy procedure that can be performed for a wide range of patients.

Most commonly, gastric balloon operation is performed for patients whose BMI value is between 30-40, those who cannot achieve their target weight with diets or exercises, patients who are looking for a procedure to make their weight loss easier but do not want to have surgical procedures and those do not have any medical condition which may prevent them from having the procedure.

Although it is a very safe and comfortable procedure; patients should have a detailed consultation before having gastric balloon procedure to find out if they are suitable for this treatment. In a consultation, a bariatric surgeon examines the medical history and current medical condition of the patient and creates a suitable weight loss treatment plan in accordance to that.

In Oddo Obesity Surgery, patients can have online consultations for the assessment of their individual condition; for a comfortable and convenient start to the weight loss journey, international patients can have an online consultation and ask all of their questions about the procedure.

What Are the Advantages of Gastric Balloon?

Gastric balloon is produced from a very strong material and any risk of rupture is very low; but then again, in case of any damage to the balloon and leakage, the blue agent inside of the balloon changes the color of urine to blue and helps patients to detect the condition quickly. In this case the balloon is endoscopically removed.

Gastric balloon can provide very effective weight loss; however, the weight loss amount is related to the effort of patients as well. Every patient can lose different amounts of weight. The average weight loss after gastric balloon procedure is usually between %7-%15 of total body weight during the first 6 months; total weight loss can go up to %30-%47.

Gastric balloons can be found in different types; they can stay inside of the stomach for 6 months or for a year. Your bariatric surgeon will advise you the most suitable one.

Gastric balloon procedure is a non-surgical and safe procedure; the possibility of complications is very low when the procedure is performed by an experienced bariatric surgeon.

It is very natural to feel some pain, cramps and nausea in the first week after the operation; after these side effects disappear, patients do not feel the existence of a balloon.

Gastric Balloon Procedure Turkey

Gastric balloon procedure starts with an endoscopic examination to see if there is any condition of ulcer, reflux or gastritis in the upper digestive system; after it is confirmed that the patient is suitable for the gastric balloon, deflated silicone balloon with a small filling tube is inserted to the stomach. The deflated balloon is filled with a blue agent; the blue color is for patients to easily detect in case of any leakage by checking their urine color after the operation.

The procedure lasts around 10-20 minutes. Patients rest for 2 hours in the hospital and afterwards they are discharged; the procedure does not require any hospital stay.

Gastric balloon is endoscopically taken out after 6 months; it is highly recommended for the removal of the balloon to be performed by the bariatric surgeon who placed the balloon in. The periodic check-ups while the balloon is in are important to follow the process and to decide on the exact proper time for the removal of it.

Recovery After Gastric Balloon

  • Patients can return to their daily lives right after the procedure. Gastric balloon is an endoscopic procedure and not a surgery; therefore, the recovery period is very smooth and painless.
  • It is expected and normal to experience some stomach cramps and nausea in first a few days; you will be prescribed by the suitable medication to reduce these side effects.
  • Following a healthy nutrition plan is very significant after the procedure; a proper diet starting from right after the operation will be explained to you by your surgeon. Your nutrition plan is important both for an effective weight loss and the smooth adaptation of the balloon to the stomach.

Gastric Balloon Cost Turkey

Weight loss procedures including gastric balloon are very improved, successful and affordable in Turkey; privileged weight loss procedures are very highly demanded by international patients especially for the cheapest and all-inclusive price rates. The price of gastric balloon treatment can change depending on the inclusive package services and the unique treatment plan of patients. To get more information on the details of gastric balloon costs in Oddo Obesity Surgery, please get in touch with us.

Key Facts

  • Procedure: Endoscopic placement of a gastric balloon into the stomach to restrict the stomach capacity and achieve weight loss.
  • Operation Duration: 10-20 minutes
  • Hospital Stay: No hospital stay
  • Recovery Time: Right after the procedure
  • Anesthesia: Local anesthesia