Bariatric Surgery

Gastric Balloon in Turkey

Gastric Balloon in Turkey

What is Gastric Balloon?

Gastric balloon is a valid and non-surgical obesity treatment method applied all over the world. The idea of this application, which gives a feeling of satiety to the person with a balloon that takes up space in the stomach, was first developed in 1982. The operation, which was developed to fill the gap between diet and exercise alone and more complicated bariatric surgical methods, has been widely used in overweight and obese people who are not on the border of surgery in recent years.

This procedure is also applied as a preparation for obesity surgery. Thus, it is aimed to lose excess weight quickly. It is possible to take precautions with this application and appropriate diet exercise before excess weight progresses to morbid obesity.

Types of Gastric Balloon

Usually gastric balloons have the same mechanism of action. However, they are found in different ways according to features such as the duration of stay in the stomach, whether it is adjustable or not.

Fixed Volume Balloons

Fixed-volume balloons are inflated by 400-600 ml at the first entrance. Its volume does not change as time passes. They remain in the stomach for a maximum of 6 months. At the end of this period, it is removed again. There is no need for any endoscopy for the swallowable gastric balloon (ellipse balloon). At the end of 4 months, the lid on the balloon opens by itself. After that, the balloon is extinguished and expelled from the intestine by itself. As with other procedures, re-endoscopy is not required to remove the balloon.

Adjustable Gastric Balloon

The adjustable gastric balloon is different from the fixed volume gastric balloon. This difference is that when the balloon is in the stomach, its volume can be adjusted according to the need. After balloons of this type are placed in the stomach, 400-500 ml are inflated. In the following process, the fluid amount of the balloon can be increased or decreased according to the weight loss status of the patient.
The insertion of gastric balloons into the stomach outside the Allurion ingestible Ellipse gastric balloon is performed under sedation. Sedation allows you to sleep. But it is not like general anesthesia. You don’t need any equipment to help you breathe. Therefore, you should not confuse it with general anesthesia. The risk is much less in this operation.

Before Gastric Balloon

Before the gastric balloon application applied to all patients in Istanbul, it is important that the patient has a history of stomach surgery in the past, a serious stomach discomfort, alcohol and drug habit or does not use blood thinners. If you smoke and drink alcohol, you should stop temporarily before the operation. In addition, if you are taking blood thinners, you should stop taking these drugs at least ten days before the operation. Inform your doctor about this and follow his recommendations.
It is decided whether you are suitable for the procedure with the tests to be performed before the operation. If everything goes well, the day for the operation is determined.

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After Gastric Balloon

Gastric balloon varies from person to person, but remains in the stomach for a maximum of 6 months. During this period, there are issues that people who have gastric balloons should pay attention to. After the gastric balloon is inserted, nausea, vomiting, etc. may occur in people for 72 hours. The stomach has a period of 3 days to get used to the balloon. After 72 hours, the stomach gets used to the balloon and nausea, vomiting, etc. disappear. During this 3-day period, patients are fed only with fluid. In the following days, normal feeding is gradually started.

  • Physical activities should not be done in the first 24 hours after the gastric balloon is inserted.
  • Cold drinks should start with a teaspoon and increase the amount gradually, but should be drunk in small quantities.
  • If liquids are drunk in large quantities, vomiting and nausea are more likely to be experienced.
  • After a liquid diet lasting 3 days, solid foods are switched to, but semi-solid foods should be consumed before solid foods.
  • Liquids should never be taken during meals. Liquid can be taken at least half an hour after eating.
  • Since the capacity of the stomach is reduced, it is necessary to eat little but often. If too much food is eaten, nausea, bloating, vomiting may be experienced.
  • It is necessary to eat 6 meals a day, 3 main and 3 intermittent. Meals should be applied regularly, never skipping.
  • Protein-based foods should be preferred and a carbohydrate-free, sugar-free and fat-free diet should be switched to.
  • It is necessary to eat protein-based nutrition in the main meals. Fruit should be consumed in snacks.
  • Food should be eaten rather slowly, and food should be chewed 20-30 times.
  • Caffeine intake should be quite minimal. More than 2 cups of coffee a day can cause ulcers. Decaffeinated coffees may be preferred.
  • Exercises should be practiced regularly. It is necessary to exercise 3-4 days a week, but light exercises should be preferred. Walking, swimming, cycling are suitable exercises for people who wear gastric balloons. Exercise is very important for these people.

Gastric Balloon Process



Duration of treatment

2-3 Hours

Stay in Istanbul

2 Days

Socially acceptable

5 Day

Gastric Balloon Cost in Turkey

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  • 3 nights in a 5 star hotel in Istanbul
  • Pre/post-operative testing
  • Cost for laboratory
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Gastric Balloon in Turkey FAQ

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You need to stay in Turkey for at least a week for gastric balloon. This period may be longer depending on your general condition. However, since you will stay in the hospital for at least five days after surgery, your stay in Turkey is minimum one week.


You need to come to Turkey the day before the gastric balloon. During this period, the necessary preparations for the surgery are made more comfortably. However, depending on the situation, your arrival time in Turkey may vary. Some patients come here on the morning of the operation. You can make a decision about this by talking to your doctor.

Gastric balloons remain in the stomach for a maximum of six months. After six months, it is extinguished and removed by endoscopy.

For obesity cases that do not require major operations, gastric balloon operation is the most ideal treatment method. It is very frequently performed by surgery because it is easy to apply and the process after the operation is comfortable.

This is an endoscopic procedure. It is not surgery. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Therefore, if you do not feel pain during the procedure. You will not have pain after the procedure.

The most likely risk arising from this process is balloon deflation. If the balloon goes out, it could move through your digestive system. This is an additional procedure for removing the device. Therefore, it can cause a blockage that may require surgery.


Patients who have a gastric balloon often ask if it is possible to travel by plane. You may experience temporary bloating or cramping while flying. But the gastric balloon safely tolerates changes in altitude when traveling by plane.

The balloon pill contains a portion of the cost of a gastric bypass surgery. That’s about $3,000-$4,000. At the same time, this procedure is much less invasive.


Sleeve gastrectomy is the most widely used and safest type of operation in the bariatric world. As with any major surgery, stomach bypass and other weight loss surgeries pose some health risks. However, in the operation to be performed by an experienced surgeon, these risks are almost non-existent.

Gastric balloon. Because this procedure is an endoscopic procedure. It is much less risky than other operations.

Any obesity surgery performed by an experienced surgeon will be successful. For this, you need to choose the most appropriate type of operation for you with your surgeon.

In order to have the gastric balloon reinserted, the doctor should undoubtedly check your general condition again and re-evaluate it for suitability. However, having a gastric balloon application before does not prevent it from being done again.