The intragastric balloon is a new weight loss procedure which involves placing a soft, deflated, silicone balloon inside the patient’s stomach through the use of an endoscope. Placement of an intragastric balloon is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure takes only about 20-30 minutes and requires minimal recovery time.
Though the procedure sounds like a dream for people struggling to lose weight, not everyone is a candidate. Patients must have a body mass index of 30 to 40 (whereas a BMI of 25 to 40 is required for more invasive bariatric surgery). The Intragastric Balloon Procedure is ideally suited for patients who:
- Have a BMI of 27-30 with a weight-related comorbidity (off-label)
- Have a BMI of 30-40 with or without a weight-related comorbidity
- Have a BMI over 40 but not interested in surgery (off-label)
- Have been unable to achieve their weight loss goals through diet and exercise.
The gastric balloon procedure (endoscopic intragastric balloon) leaves an inflated silicon balloon in the stomach for 6 months, making less room for food. As a result, patients:
- Feel full sooner while eating and therefore eat less
- Lose about 30% of their excess weight in 6 months
- Have health improvement for diabetes, joint/bone disease, and heart-related issues
The intragastric balloon is ideal for patients who are moderately overweight and want to begin with a less invasive weight loss procedure. Patients who are ready to start a healthy, new lifestyle that incorporates regular exercise and dietary modifications will benefit greatly from a managed weight loss program. Sustained weight loss is achievable with the assistance of our support team, and we are committed to your long-term weight loss success!
Gastric Balloon Abroad
Choosing to undergo the Gastric Balloon procedure with our Bariatric surgeons has several advantages:
- It can save you up to 60% compared to U.S. prices
- Highest quality with U.S. Trained bariatric surgeons in Mexico
- Best results with only FDA approved materials and implants
- Our surgeons offer the latest bariatric surgery procedures and technology
A Gastric Balloon procedure can cost as much as $7,000 USD in the U.S. and, because it is generally not covered by most Health Insurance plans, is typically paid out-of-pocket or financed with high interest rate loans. With Health & Wellness Bazaar, traveling to Mexico for Gastric Balloon procedure is safe, easy and affordable with surgery packages starting at $2,500 with minimum wait times.
Our medical providers are able to offer such low pricing compared to the U.S. because of the low cost of land, labor, and materials in the destinations where they practice. The safety, quality, and efficacy of the Gastric Balloon is never compromised despite the low pricing and the patient experience is well beyond U.S. standards. Currently we have plastic surgeons in Tijuana, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun, Mexico. Please contact us for more
The Gastric Balloon Procedure
During an initial consultation, our surgeons will review your entire case and medical history to determine if the Gastric Balloon procedure is a good option for you. Before your intragastric balloon placement, you should be on a puree/soft solid diet for 48 hours before your procedure date and should avoid all food and liquid for 12 hours prior, as you will be sedated during the procedure. Typically, this will mean nothing to eat or drink after midnight. The puree/soft solid phase is to ensure that there is no solid food left in your stomach that might cause us to have to cancel your procedure.The deflated balloon will be inserted into your stomach through the mouth, and then filled with a sterile saline. The procedure is generally uncomplicated and lasts 20-30 minutes. You will regain awareness quickly and be monitored until your doctor discharges you (usually a an hour or so).
Recovering from Gastric Balloon
After the placement of the intragastric balloon, almost ALL patients experience some gastric discomfort, nausea, and vomiting for the first week after the procedure.
This is normal, as your digestive system is adjusting to the presence of the intragastric balloon. You will be given medications to help you manage these symptoms.
Removing the intragastric balloon is a similar process to when it was inserted. The main difference is that we need to take some steps to make sure there is no solid food present in your stomach that could lead to aspiration into your lungs at the time of removal.
Our Bariatric Surgeons
Our network of Bariatric surgeons is composed of a select group of talented and experienced doctors who, in their private practice, perform the most advanced and innovative bariatric and gastrointestinal procedures. Our Bariatric surgeons undergo a rigorous vetting process to guarantee the highest safety and quality standards for our international patients. Our compliance team ensures our doctors are fully accredited and licensed where they practice and meet the following requirements:
- Board Certified
- Proven track record of success
- Active member of the Academic Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
- Active member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
- Continuously participates in conferences and workshops on latest treatments and technologies
- Recommended by fellow medical colleagues
- Training from prestigious medical institutions
- Conducts medical research and publications
Lastly, our recruitment and compliance teams interview all our bariatric surgeons in person, visit their facilities, meet past and current patients, and review their medical processes and protocols to confirm they meet the highest standards.
Our Medical Tourism Plastic Surgery Packages
For your convenience, we have designed Medical Tourism Packages for bariatric procedures that include the following:
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- On-site local transportation
- Pre-operative tests
- Surgery center’s fees and hospitalization
- Surgeons’ fees
- Anesthesia and anesthesiologist
- All treatment related materials
- Post-operative medication
- Personalized counseling and support throughout the process
- Psychological and physical evaluations before and after surgery
- Short-term and long-term nutritional and diet plan
- Regular post-operative consultations via phone, email, and skype to track progress
- Back-on-Track program to maintain weight-loss goals