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Gastric Balloon

Gastric balloon
What is Gastric Balloon or Spatz Surgery?

The gastric balloon surgery or simply Spatz surgery is used for clients with class 1 obesity and above (BMI above 30). The gastric balloon helps rapid satiation, and limits feelings of hunger. The reason for the operation is the prevention or treatment of diseases caused by obesity, and also an improvement in the quality and length of life. It can also be used for patients suffering from morbid obesity (BMI above 50), mainly to reduce their weight before a planned bariatric operation.

Who is the right candidate for Gastric Balloon Surgery?

Gastric balloon surgery is suitable for patients who, due to medical reasons, cannot or do not wish to undergo other methods of treating obesity (e.g. gastric banding, tubulization or plication), among others because it does not require general anaesthesia.

How can you prepare yourself for Gastric Balloon Surgery?

Before you have your gastric balloon surgery, your physician will discuss with you about a special diet. You may also get advice for an exercise schedule. With proper exercise and a healthy diet, you can speed up your progress to lose weight. It may be advised that you shouldn’t be eating anything for 12 hours or drink for 6 hours before the actual surgery.

How does a balloon work?

The balloon floats freely in the stomach and gives the patient a feeling of being full; it reduces the free volume of the stomach, thereby decreasing the volume of food. This effect leads to weight loss. It’s left in the stomach for a period of 6 months, during which the patient forms new eating habits; it’s then easier for them to adhere to the new regime after the balloon is removed.

The method’s effectiveness is considerable – specialized work published to date states that weight loss is 15-25 kg within 6 months. Obviously, this depends on the initial weight.

The complete package in Gastric Balloon

Requirement

BMI index higher than 30

Hospitalization at the clinic

1 night at the clinic

Minimal stay in Prague

1 night at the clinic + 1-2 days in Prague

Price

  • COSTS – BIB balloon

BIB Balloon (6 months)          1600 EUR

Hospitalization (1 night)         120 EUR

Pre-Treatment Checkup        200 EUR

Final cost                               1920 EUR

  • COSTS – SPATZ balloon

SPATZ Balloon (12 months)   2150 EUR

Hospitalization (1 night)         120 EUR

Pre-Treatment Checkup        200 EUR

Final Cost                               2470 EUR

What is included in the gastric balloon surgery costs?

  • Surgery
  • Anaesthesia
  • Medications
  • Consultation
  • Guarantee
  • Diet plan
  • Balloon removal
  • Airport pick-up
  • Accompany during entire stay, etc.
What is not included in the gastric balloon surgery costs?

  • Pre-operation check-up
  • Hospitalization
  • Accommodation in Prague
  • Flight tickets
Why choose gastric balloon surgery in Prague?

When you choose your gastric balloon treatment in Prague, your best decision comes with certain advantages such as you get a dream team of experienced surgeons, visible, natural and excellent results. Not only these, but you also get rid of the waiting list. You get comfortable for the entire procedure with our English speaking expert staff. With Gastric Balloon in Prague, you are at a high level of discretion. We also offer free Airport pick up for your surgery.

How is gastric balloon surgery performed?

A major advantage of the gastric balloon surgery is that only local anaesthetic is used (a subduing by an injection). The insertion of the gastric balloon takes only 20 to 30 minutes. An endoscopic examination of the oesophagus, stomach, and duodenum is performed before the insertion itself. Then the balloon is inserted on a cable and, under visual inspection via the endoscope, is filled with 400-600 ml of the so-called saline solution via a valve, into which a special dye is added – 2.5 ml of methylene blue.

This serves as an indicator if the balloon ruptures; in such a case it colours the urine and warns the patient that they must find a doctor and have the balloon removed immediately. Even if the empty balloon enters further into the digestive tract, it’s usually spontaneously expelled.

What is the aftermath of the gastric balloon surgery?

On the morning following the gastric balloon surgery, the client can leave the clinical centre and return home without any problems. Some clients may suffer from gastric problems immediately after the procedure, such as heartburn, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Most of these problems are only temporary and will subside in the first few hours after the procedure.

After a period of 6 months, the balloon is endoscopically removed. The balloon is ruptured, and the fluid or air is sucked out. The rest of the balloon is pulled out. The gastric balloon is a procedure with a relatively low level of risk. The most frequent complication with the gastric balloon is the spontaneous rupture of the balloon inside the stomach. However, this complication usually occurs if the client does not comply with the doctor’s recommendation to remove the balloon within 6 months of its implantation.

The Spatz balloon

The Spatz balloon is used for clients with class 1 obesity and above (BMI above 30). The Spatz gastric balloon helps rapid satiation, and limits feelings of hunger. The reason for the operation is the prevention or treatment of diseases caused by obesity, and also an improvement in the quality and length of life. It can also be used for patients suffering from morbid obesity (BMI above 50), mainly to reduce their weight before a planned bariatric surgery.

This method is suitable for patients who, due to medical reasons, cannot or do not wish to undergo other methods of treating obesity (e.g. gastric banding, tubulization or plication), among others because it does not require general anaesthesia.

Compared to a conventional balloon, the Spatz gastric balloon has several advantages. It’s inserted for a period of up to 12 months, and the average weight loss is 23-27 kg. Obviously, it depends on the initial weight. The patient can better form new eating habits; it’s then easier for them to adhere to the new regime after the balloon is removed. At the same time, the Spatz gastric balloon is better tolerated by the human body, and therefore also brings with it greater comfort and safety for the patient. The balloon floats freely in the stomach and gives the patient a feeling of being full; it reduces the free volume of the stomach, thereby decreasing the volume of food.

How is Spatz gastric balloon surgery performed?

A major advantage of the Spatz gastric balloon is that only local sedation is used (a subduing by an injection). The insertion of the gastric balloon takes only 20 to 30 minutes. An endoscopic examination of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum is performed before the insertion itself. Then the balloon is inserted on a cable and, under visual inspection via the endoscope, is filled with 400-600 ml of the so-called saline solution via a valve, into which a special dye is added – 2.5 ml of methylene blue. This serves as an indicator if the balloon ruptures; in such a case it colours the urine and warns the patient that they must find a doctor and have the balloon removed immediately. Even if the empty balloon enters further into the digestive tract, it’s usually spontaneously expelled.

What after the gastric balloon surgery?

On the morning following the gastric balloon surgery, the client can leave the clinical centre here in the Czech Republic and return home without any problems. Some clients may suffer from gastric problems immediately after the procedure, such as heartburn, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Most of these problems are only temporary and will subside in the first few hours after the procedure.

After a period of 12 months, the balloon is endoscopically removed. The balloon is ruptured, and the fluid or air is sucked out. The rest of the balloon is pulled out. The gastric balloon is a procedure with a relatively low level of risk. The most frequent complication with the gastric balloon is the spontaneous rupture of the balloon inside the stomach. However, this complication usually occurs if the client does not comply with the doctor’s recommendation to remove the balloon within 12 months of its implantation.

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