Gastric Ballooning Cost in India – Procedure, Best Hospitals & Doctors

Posted on December 30th, 2019 by Ganesh Gopakumar

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Cost of Gastric Ballooning in India

The cost of gastric ballooning in India comes between USD 1500-2500.

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The cost depends upon, the choice of city and choice of hospital.

Choice of Hospital

The overall costs can hike by huge margins across different tiers of hospitals. A premium hospital provides a luxury stay and care but it is also reflected in the bill. The cost of accommodation, treatment, and care are much higher in a premium hospital. 

Choice of City

The city in which you are choosing for your surgery has a great impact on the total cost. The accommodation, food, and travel add up to the total cost. The cost in tier 1 cities are much higher. So if you’re looking to save some bucks choose your city wisely. Medical care in metro cities is higher.

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Intra Gastric Ballooning (IGB)

Gastric ballooning is a very good option for obese patients who don’t want to undergo invasive surgery but still lose weight. 

The procedure involves placing an inflated balloon in the stomach of an obese patient, which reduces hunger and food intake. Thus, leading to weight loss. It is a very simple procedure which involves the insertion of soft, expandable balloon into the stomach in deflated form. The balloon is made up of pliable silicone. The balloon is filled with sterile saline once it reaches the stomach and made to expand.

An intragastric balloon can make you feel full faster, which makes you eat less. One reason may be that the intragastric balloon slows down the time it takes to empty the stomach. Another reason may be that the balloon seems to change the levels of hormones that control appetite.

Why is IGB done?

It is done in severely obese patients who are in great danger due to other weight-related diseases or disorders, such as:

  • Heart disease or stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Eligibility for Gastric Ballooning

  • It is done in patients with Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30 and 40. 
  • The patient should not have done any stomach or esophageal surgery.
  • He should be ready to make healthy changes in food and lifestyle.

Advantages

  • The balloon is long-lasting and can be adjusted
  • It is a simple small procedure
  • Lower cost
  • Lesser or no complications
  • The procedure time is only ten minutes with a recovery time of only a day

Disadvantages

  • Nausea
  • Pain

Both could be treated with mild medication.

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Pre-surgery

  • Consult a doctor and check whether gastric ballooning is a good option for you.
  • The doctor may ask for X-ray, blood tests and maybe a CT scan.
  • You don’t need to prepare much before surgery as it is a relatively simple procedure.

During the surgery

  • Initially, you will be sedated.
  • The procedure is done in the endoscopy unit.
  • The doctor puts in a catheter, a thin tube, which has the intragastric balloon in deflated form.
  • After the ballon has been inserted, an endoscope is inserted into the stomach through the mouth. The endoscope allows the doctor to monitor the balloon as he carries on with the procedure.
  • The balloon is filled with sterile saline and monitored using the endoscopy.
  • After the balloon becomes inflated to the determined size, the endoscope is removed.
  • Procedure takes 10-30 minutes.
  • The patient is made to stay in the hospital for 2-3 hours and sent home.

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Post-surgery

  • You can start to drink a small number of clear fluids after 6 hours.
  • The diet will be restricted to fluids for 2 weeks.
  • After 2 weeks you can start eating soft foods.
  • It will take 3 weeks to return to normal diet but eat healthily. Avoid junk food and remember to be on a healthy diet.
  • Don’t forget to exercise. Exercise is required to keep your weight in check.
  • After 6 months, the ballon will be removed. The doctor may or may not place another balloon depending on your condition. You will have to talk to your doctor regarding this.

Best hospitals in India for Gastric Ballooning

  1. Paras Hospitals
  2. Safdarjung Hospital
  3. Max Balaji Hospital
  4. Rockland Hospital
  5. Medanta – The Medicity
  6. Sukhda Hospital
  7. Bhatia Global Hospital
  8. Primus Super Speciality Hospital
  9. Dr. Malathi Manipal Hospital
  10. Fortis Obesity Surgery Clinic

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Best doctors in India for Gastric Ballooning

  1. Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala
  2. Dr. Randeep Wadhawan
  3. Dr. Paritosh Gupta
  4. Dr. Ramen Goel
  5. Dr. Ajay Kumar Kriplani
  6. Dr. Pradeep Chowbey
  7. Dr. Ahsan Badar
  8. Dr. Mahendra Nawaria
  9. Dr. Sanjay Borude
  10. Dr. Vikas Singhal

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FAQ

How much weight is expected to be lost after the procedure?

Between 28 (12kg) and 56(25kg)  pounds are lost on average. 

Will I gain weight after the balloon has been removed?

Probably not, as long as you maintain a healthy diet and proper exercise.

Will gastric balloon restrict your activities?

During the first week of the procedure you should not involve in any heavy activites. Once your body has adjusted to the balloon you can continue your normal activities. Starting a regular exercise program is highly recommended. But you should avoid activities like sky diving, scuba diving, snokerling, etc.

Will you be able to feel the balloon after surgery?

In the first few weeks you might feel some discomfort. But as time goes on you will get used to it. Still you will be able to feel the balloon if you press against your stomach.

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