Endoscopic balloon implantation

Dr. med. Thomas Brunk Gastroenterology Berlin

What is a bariatric balloon?

The bariatric balloon is a soft, silicone-based device that is inserted endoscopically (through the mouth) into the stomach and then filled with a sterile saline solution. The balloon helps to increase the feeling of satiety and reduce food intake.

Why is an endoscopic balloon implantation performed?

This form of bariatric therapy is a non-surgical treatment option for weight loss. The procedure is intended for patients who have difficulty losing weight through diet and exercise alone.

Why does it make sense to reduce excess weight?

Being overweight and obese increases the risk of various chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoarthritis. Weight reduction can reduce these risks. In patients with type 2 diabetes, weight reduction can improve glycemic control, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Weight reduction can therefore increase life expectancy.

Obesity can impair quality of life through restricted mobility and social discrimination. Weight loss can lead to an improved self-image and well-being.

How is balloon implantation performed?

The procedure The balloon implantation is performed under light sedation. An endoscope is used to insert the balloon into the stomach, where it is then inflated. The procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes.

What preparations are required?

Before endoscopic balloon implantation, you will need individual medical care and nutritional advice. We work together with our partner, BMC&S GmbH, to achieve this.

What happens after implantation?

After the balloon has been implanted, we will monitor you for a short time in our practice to ensure that you do not have any adverse reactions to the balloon. Our partner, BMC&S GmbH, will provide you with advice on the gradual resumption of normal foods. Regular follow-up appointments will monitor the progress of your treatment and ensure that the balloon is working properly.

What risks and side effects need to be considered?

As with any medical procedure, there are risks and potential side effects, including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and heartburn. In rare cases, more serious complications may occur, such as balloon deflation, gastric perforation or blockage of the digestive tract.

When and how is the balloon removed after the therapy has been completed?

There are different balloon variants for 6 or 12 months. BMC&S GmbH will advise you on the choice of process. The balloon is removed comfortably and conveniently by means of another gastroscopy under sedation in our practice.