Gastric Balloon Procedure

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Procedure Description

The Gastric Balloon Procedure is a non-surgical weight loss treatment designed to aid individuals struggling with obesity or overweight conditions. A soft, saline-filled balloon is inserted into the stomach via an endoscope, which enters through the mouth. Once in place, the balloon is inflated to partially fill the stomach, creating a feeling of fullness and thus limiting food intake. This procedure is often considered by those who are unable to achieve substantial weight loss through diet and exercise alone or for those who are not candidates for more invasive surgical interventions like gastric bypass surgery.

The gastric balloon is primarily a short-term solution to jumpstart weight loss and to help manage associated conditions like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart diseases. It's often considered a bridge between conventional weight loss methods and surgical options. The balloon stays in place for around 6 to 12 months, after which it is removed to prevent any complications.

Choosing to undergo a gastric balloon procedure could be a pivotal life decision, requiring careful thought and consideration. It's essential to consult healthcare providers for personalized medical advice. However, many people are now looking to undergo this procedure in foreign countries due to various advantages like cost-effectiveness and state-of-the-art technology.

Procedure Duration

The gastric balloon procedure is generally an outpatient procedure that can be completed within 20 to 30 minutes. Patients are typically under mild sedation during the process. After the insertion and inflation of the balloon, the patient is kept under observation for a few hours to monitor any adverse reactions or complications. However, it is always advised to have a full consultation with your healthcare provider to get personalized timelines and treatment plans.

Recovery time is relatively quick, given that the procedure is non-surgical. Most people can return to work and regular activities within 2-3 days, although some mild discomfort, nausea, or vomiting may occur in the first week as the body adjusts to the balloon. Follow-up appointments for monitoring the balloon and the individual's adjustment to it are essential, especially during the first few weeks.

It's crucial to follow a strict diet and lifestyle regimen while the balloon is in place to maximize weight loss and health benefits. The balloon is then removed after approximately 6 to 12 months, depending on the treatment plan. Removal of the balloon is also a quick outpatient procedure.


  • Cost-Effectiveness: Undergoing the procedure abroad can significantly reduce costs without compromising on quality.
  • Expertise: Many countries have renowned medical experts specializing in bariatrics.
  • Advanced Technology: Hospitals abroad often feature the latest technologies and treatment methods.
  • Short Wait Times: Quicker scheduling of procedures compared to long waiting lists in some countries.
  • Holistic Care: Some destinations offer all-inclusive packages, covering everything from travel to after-care.

Potential Destinations

  • Thailand: Known for its advanced healthcare system and specialized bariatric centers.
  • Mexico: Offers high-quality care at an affordable cost, close to the U.S.
  • India: Features world-class hospitals specializing in obesity treatment.
  • Turkey: Rapidly gaining reputation for its state-of-the-art medical facilities.
  • Brazil: Known for high standards in cosmetic and weight loss procedures.

Risks & Considerations

  • Travel Constraints: Long flights could be uncomfortable post-procedure.
  • Language Barrier: Ensure that the healthcare team speaks your language.
  • Legal Repercussions: Familiarize yourself with medical malpractice laws in the chosen country.
  • Quality of Care: Verify hospital accreditations and doctor certifications.

How to Choose the Right Doctor and Hospital

  • Check Credentials: Ensure the doctor is board-certified in bariatric medicine.
  • Read Reviews: Previous patients' reviews can offer valuable insights.
  • Consult Multiple Sources: Don’t rely solely on the hospital’s marketing materials.
  • Visit Virtually or Physically: Tour the facility if possible, even if it’s a virtual tour.
  • Ask Questions: Inquire about the procedure, risks, and aftercare to gauge the team’s expertise.

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Patients are advised to seek hospitals that are accredited by Global Healthcare and only work with medical tourism facilitators who are certified by Global Healthcare Accreditation or who have undergone certification from the Certified Medical Travel Professionals (CMTP). This ensures that the highest standards in the industry are met. GHA accredits the top hospitals in the world. These are the best hospitals in the world for quality and providing the best patient experience. Click the link to check out hospitals accredited by the Global Healthcare Accreditation:

Frequently Asked Questions

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The patient will take injectable FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) for eight to eleven days, depending on how long the follicles take to mature. This hormone is produced naturally in a woman’s body causing one egg to develop per cycle. Taking the injectable FSH causes several follicles to develop at once, at approximately the same rate. The development is monitored with vaginal ultrasounds and following the patient’s levels of estradiol and progesterone. FSH brand names include Repronex, Follistim, Menopur, Gonal-F and Bravelle. The patient injects herself daily.

What happens during egg retrieval?

When the follicles have developed enough to be harvested, the patient attends an appointment  where she is anesthetized and prepared for the procedure. Next, the doctor uses an ultrasound probe to guide a needle through the vaginal wall and into the follicle of the ovary. The thin needle draws the follicle fluid, which is then examined by an embryologist to find the eggs. The whole process takes about 20 minutes.

What happens to the eggs?

In the next step, the harvested eggs are then fertilized. If the sperm from the potential father, or in some cases, anonymous donor, has normal functionality, the eggs and sperm are placed together in a dish with a nutrient fluid, then incubated overnight to fertilize normally. If the sperm functionality is suboptimal, an embryologist uses Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection to inject a single sperm into a single egg with an extremely precise glass needle.  Once fertilization is complete, the embryos are assessed and prepared to be transferred to the patient’s uterus.

How are the embryos transferred back to the uterus?

The doctor and the patient will discuss the number of embryos to be transferred. The number of successfully fertilized eggs usually determines the number of eggs to be placed in the uterus. Embryos are transferred to the uterus with transabdominal ultrasound guidance. This process does not require anesthesia, but it can cause minor cervical or uterine discomfort. Following transfer, the patient is advised to take at least one days bed rest and two or three additional days of rest, then 10 to 12 days later, two pregnancy tests are scheduled to confirm success. Once two positive tests are completed, an obstetrical ultrasound is ordered to show the sac, fetal pole, yolk sac and fetal heart rate.


Built into this technology there is a microscope with a powerful camera that allows the uninterrupted monitoring of the embryo during its first hours of life. In this way, we can keep a close eye on the embryo, from the moment when the oocyte is inseminated and begins to divide into smaller and smaller cells, until it can be transferred to the uterus.

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