Gastric Balloon

Gastric Balloon

Gastric Balloon (also known as Intragastric Balloon) is one of the recent treatments for Obesity.

Gastric Balloon is usually utilized for Morbidly Obese people to reduce the risk of surgical intervention. With this method, the aim is to fill a part of stomach with a balloon to suppress the hunger. It is mostly preferred for those who have BMI between 27-35kg/m2 and who do not have any additional ilnesses such as diabetes.

There are 3 types of Gastric Balloon

  • 4 Months ( Elipse Gastric Balloon)
  • 6 Months
  • 12 Months

Elipse™ Gastric Balloon

Elipse Gastric Balloon is the latest version of balloons and it takes only 4 months. It is also known as Elipse Gastric Pill and it does not require any endoscopy, it is applied by swallowing.
It allows you to be full with less amount of food just like the other types of gastric balloons. It also prolongs the digestion process so you feel hungry later than normal.
It easily allows you to follow a diet regimen to lose weight.

How Elipse™ Gastric Balloon procedure is performed?

Elipse Gastric Balloon is the only way of gastric balloon treatment that does not require any anesthesia, endoscopy or surgical intervention.

A balloon that is squeezed into the pill is swallowed with water. Once confirmed with abdominal X-Ray that it is has gone down to the stomach, it is filled with a solution up to 550Ml. At last, thin tube through which the liquid flows inside the stomach is taken out orally.

During this process it is not required neither anesthesia nor endoscopy. All procedure takes about 20 minutes in total.

Balloon stays inside the stomach for 16 weeks. After 16 weeks, evacuation cap is dissolved naturally and the liquid inside the balloon is excreted naturally. In this excretion process no surgical intervention is needed.

What are the advantages of Elipse™ Gastric Balloon?

  • Elipse gastric balloon is safe. Since it is a non-surgical treatment, you don’t have to worry about possible complications or post-operation healing process.
  • No anesthesia: It is the ideal way for those who are scared of having anesthesia or can not have anesthesia.
  • No endoscopy: Elipsegastric balloon is swallowed with water and it does not require endoscopy.
  • No extra intervention: In other types of gastric balloon, it is required to take the balloon out of the stomach via endoscopy. Elipsegastric balloon is excreted once it is dissolved in stomach.
  • Compared to other types of gastric balloon, Elipsehas the least chance of complications. With other versions of gastric balloon, complication percentage can go up to 20% and in some cases it has to be taken out, while this percentage is 1,49% with Elipse™.

Who are suitable for Elipse™ Gastric Balloon?

It can be preferred by those who are suitable for other types of gastric balloon. The only difference of it is the easiness of application. It is mostly preferred by those who are scared of anesthesia or those who can not have anesthesia. The number of patients that cancel their surgeries due to anesthesia issues is higher than thought. Besides, it does not require endoscopy to be removed because it dissolves naturally. Therefore, patient avoids anesthesia not once but twice.

How much weight can you lose with Elipse Gastric Balloon?

All the researches and results of patients that preferred Elipse™ Gastric Balloon show us that it is possible to lose around 13-15KGs in 4 months.

Beside Elipse Gastric Balloon, if the patient follows a diet regimen with a dieticians guideness, he/she can lose up to 25-30KGs.

Is mass of balloon important? Why Elipse Gastric Balloon is swelled up to 550ML?

Elipse Gastric Balloon is swelled up to 550ML. The producer of Elipse Gastric Balloon, Allurion, demonstrates that 550ML Elipse Balloon is the optimal version to lose weight. With clinical trials, it is proven that bigger balloons (up to 900MLs) do not stimulate further weightloss.

Why does it take 4 months?

According to the researches, major part of weightloss takes place in the first 3 months (around 80%). After 4 months balloon does not play a grand role for further weightloss and it is recommended to follow it with diet regimen after.

Balloons for 6 and 12 Months

Intragastric balloon is a weight-loss procedure that consists of placing a saline-filled balloon in your stomach. This helps you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat and making you feel fuller easier. It is not a surgical procedure and it is a temporary treatment. It is preferred by those who have BMI between 27-35KG/m2 and who do not have diabetes. It is also used for high-scale obese people as a preparation for surgical intervention to lose weight beforehand. Depending on the treatment plan, it is removed within 6months or 1 year via endoscopy.

How can Gastric Balloon help me lose weight?

Covering a certain space in the stomach, the balloon will help you to be full more quickly by eating less. Another benefit of the gastric balloon is to slow down the passage of food through the stomach and help you feel full for longer.

Locating a gastric balloon in the stomach is not a procedure that will make you lose weight by itself. However, the gastric balloon helps you lose weight by helping you to follow your diet easily, providing you with enough time to obtain a healthy eating habit, it also significantly reduces the risk of regaining the weight that you lost.

How is the Gastric Balloon for 6/12 months applied?

In patients who prefer gastric balloon for 6 or 12 months, the procedure is performed with endoscopy and anesthesia. If there is not any complication to balloon application after gastric examination, the balloon is placed with the help of endoscope, and an average of 400-700ml is inflated according to the type of balloon and the volume of the stomach.

Gastric Balloon procedure takes approximately 15-20 minutes. After the Balloon placement, patient can be discharged after being kept under control for 1-2 hours.

Is there any side effect of 6/12Month Gastric Ballons?

After the Gastric Balloon application, there is no problem during the first few hours. Then there may be side effects such as stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting. These side effects last for a maximum of 2-3 days. If a patient experiences these effects stronger than normal, it can be dealt with the help of medications.

How are 6/12 Month Gastric Balloons removed?

According to the type of treatment plan, the balloon should be removed from the stomach after 6 months or 1 year. The removal from the stomach is carried out by endoscopy, accompanied by anesthesia. The inside liquid of the inflated balloon is first emptied and then taken out with the help of an endoscope as well.

Differences between Gastric Balloon for 6 Months and 12 Months?

According to the latest researches, it has shown that Gastric Balloon for 6 Months is much more efficient and patient-friendly when compared to 12 Month Balloon.

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Gastric Balloon Overview


No Need

Duration of Intervention

30 Minutes

Sports Activity Recovery

2 Weeks

Define Result

4-12 Months

Return to Social Life

2 Days

Return to Work

4 Days


No Need

Average Pain After 3 Days

0-1 **

*It is for informational purposes only, be sure to consult your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
**Pain rating scale: from 0 = absence to 5 maximum pain.

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