Gastric balloon in Tunisia

With our continuous modernisation, come a very big price, one of which is our modern diet that rich in sugars and poor in nutriments, this opens the door for so many health problems the biggest of which is obesity.

Due to stress eating, genetics or many other factors, many people suffer from obesity, this disease can be the gate way to far worst health issues such as diabetes and high cholesterol.

And the problem is not just medical, but also aesthetic as having excess fat in your body makes you appear much older than you really are and makes your skin appear more loose and saggy.

Lucky for you, MedEspoir is here, and we have the perfect solution for the problem of obesity, we offer you the gastric balloon in Tunisia.

.With MedEspoir you will be able to have the gastric balloon procedure with the help of our top doctors, and you will save so much money with us.

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How much does gastric balloon placement cost in Tunisia ?

The cost of gastric balloon treatment is usually not covered by health insurance, so it is not an affordable solution.

For this reason, many patients choose to seek treatment abroad, in this case in Tunisia where the prices are much lower, and we at MedEspoir have the cheapest prices.

To offer you the best experience and keep you stress free we have decided to offer all our patients the most affordable prices possible for having cosmetic surgeries in Tunisia.

This is thanks to our all-inclusive package that allows you to have the gastric balloon in Tunisia while saving 70% on the price compared to other countries.

This is because our unique all-inclusive package covers:

  • The hotel room.
  • The cost of the operation and the tools that will be used.
  • All operation related transportation.
  • The doctor and medical team’s payment.
  • The post-operative care and medication.

What is a gastric ballon ?

Gastric balloon placement is one of the most popular non-surgical weight loss operations.

The gastric balloon system consists of a flexible and expandable balloon, an indwelling tube and an inflation system.

Because the gastric balloon is too big to pass through the intestines, a small amount of food keeps you full for a relatively long time.

In general, intragastric balloons can significantly reduce portion sizes, helping you achieve your long-term weight loss goals.

What are the types of the gastric balloon procedure?

Orbera Gastric Balloon

Introducing the Orbera Gastric Balloon, an elegant solution for those seeking non-surgical weight loss. This marvel involves a soft, silicone balloon inserted into the stomach via an endoscopic procedure. Once inside, it’s filled with a saline solution, expanding to occupy space within the stomach. The Orbera Balloon isn’t just a passive occupant; it actively reduces stomach capacity, promoting a feeling of fullness with smaller meals. It’s like having a trusted ally nudging you towards mindful eating and portion control.

But wait, there’s more! The Orbera Gastric Balloon doesn’t just stop at physical intervention; it comes with a comprehensive support system. Alongside the balloon, you’ll receive lifestyle coaching and nutritional guidance, empowering you to make sustainable changes. Picture a team of professionals cheering you on as you embark on your weight loss journey, guiding you towards a healthier, happier life. And after about six months, the balloon gracefully exits the stage, leaving behind a transformed you, ready to embrace a new chapter.

Reshape Dual Balloon

Behold the ReShape Dual Balloon, an innovation in the world of gastric balloons. Unlike its single-balloon counterparts, this beauty features not one but two balloons within the stomach.

Talk about doubling down on weight loss! By strategically placing two balloons, the ReShape Dual Balloon achieves greater volume displacement, curbing cravings and controlling portions with finesse.

But that’s not all, the ReShape Dual Balloon comes with a comprehensive support program. From personalized coaching to dietary guidance, you’ll have a team of experts by your side, cheering you on every step of the way.

And rest assured, safety is paramount; the ReShape Dual Balloon undergoes rigorous testing to ensure reliability and efficacy.

Adjustable Balloon

Enter the Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon, a game-changer in the realm of gastric balloons. What sets this beauty apart is its adjustability; yes, you heard that right.

The Spatz3 Balloon can be inflated or deflated post-placement, allowing for personalized adjustment based on individual needs and comfort levels. It’s like having a bespoke weight loss solution tailored just for you.

But the magic doesn’t stop there, the Spatz3 Balloon offers long-term support, remaining in the stomach for up to 12 months. During this time, you’ll receive ongoing monitoring and support, ensuring optimal results. And with its track record of safety and efficacy, you can embark on your weight loss journey with confidence, knowing you’re in good hands.

Obalon Balloon System

Presenting the Obalon Balloon System, a revolutionary approach to weight loss. This system comprises multiple balloons swallowed in pill form, then inflated once they reach the stomach. It’s like a weight loss party happening right inside your belly! And the best part? No anesthesia or endoscopy required.

But don’t let its simplicity fool you—the Obalon Balloon System packs a powerful punch. Each balloon occupies space within the stomach, promoting feelings of fullness and reducing appetite. And with a treatment duration of just three months, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your weight loss goals in no time.

Is the gastric balloon in Tunisia safe ?

This is the first question you need to think about because security is more important than money and all other factors that influence your decision making.

Gastric balloon placement is not even a surgical procedure and the process is very simple, however, you must ensure that the medical equipment and the clinic you are in are up to standard.

High-quality medical services are both the result and the reason for the boom in medical tourism in Tunisia.

It is also important to point out that Tunisian doctors are mostly trained in the largest French and European universities.

The country attracts several tourists from around the world who have thus benefited from quality health care at relatively favorable costs for several years.

Who are the best candidates for the gastric balloon procedure ?

Anyone eligible for gastric balloon placement can decide to undergo it in Tunisia.

This means that your BMI (body mass index) must be between 30 and 35.

Also, you must have tried exercising and dieting along with other weight loss methods but did not get the desired results.

What are the benefits of gastric balloon placement ?

The implantation of a gastric balloon is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you can go home the same day of the procedure.

It is minimally invasive and non-surgical, which means that it does not have enough risks and post-operative complications.

Additionally, long-term weight loss can occur if patients adopt healthy eating habits, therefore, this weight loss can in the long term improve pre-existing health conditions such as obesity-related diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea, as well as boost self-esteem.

How to prepare for a gastric balloon ?

Prior to the gastric ballon operation, you will need to have some preparations done, there are preparations that you will be doing with your doctor and other you will need to do by yourself.

You will meet with your doctor for a preoperation appointment, this meeting will allow you to share your goals and desires from the procedure so that you doctor may prepare a treatment plan that is special for you and your condition.

The doctor will run some tests on you such as:

  • A blood test.
  • Gastroscopy.
  • Weight and fat measurements.

Checking for any allergies that can prevent you from undergoing the operation.

The doctor will also take a look at your medical history to see if you have any diseases that can be problematic to you during or after the procedure.

Any medication that contain aspirin should be stopped as they pose a threat to you during your procedure.

It’s also highly necessary to have a meeting with a dietitian, they will see your condition and prepare a special meal plan for you after the operation, you will need to carefully watch what you eat after the gastric balloon procedure.

You must fast for at least 12 hours before the operation because the operation will be done under general anesthesia, as determined by the doctor.

Make sure you have someone prepared to drive you home and take care of you for at least the first day after the operation.

How is the gastric balloon inserted into the stomach ?

The duration of the procedure varies between 20 and 25 minutes, and the balloon is inserted endoscopically into the stomach.

First, a diagnostic endoscopy is performed to make sure there are no medical conditions such as ulcers that could interfere with the placement of the balloon.

If there are no abnormalities, a soft, deflated silicone elastomer balloon is placed in the stomach, once the balloon is in the stomach, a blue liquid is injected through an inflation tube attached to the balloon to complete the procedure.

The balloon will then begin to float freely in the stomach.

The installation of the gastric balloon is an intervention that is carried out under sedation so that you can receive it with complete peace of mind.

Patients wake up immediately after the procedure and are then discharged after a 2-hour observation period in the ward.

What happens after placing the gastric balloon ?

One of the best features about the gastric balloon operation is that it does not require a long period of healing, it is after all a nonsurgical procedure.

However, during the first days of your postoperative period, you may suffer from acid reflux, stomach aches, vomiting and nausea, the doctor will prescribe the necessary medication to lower the discomfort.

Your dietitian and doctor would have prepared an eating plan that is special for you, usually you will have to start with a liquid diet during and then work you way up to pureed foods and then go back to eating regular meals.

Make sure that you are always taking small bites and to chew your food very well so that no discomfort may occur.

To insure a rapid weight loss, it is best to start a training schedule when your body is ready, it’s important that you adopt a healthier lifestyle.

The long term healing period.

Adjustment and Acclimatization (2-6 weeks):

As the initial discomfort subsides, patients enter a phase of adjustment and acclimatization.

During this time, they may experience fluctuations in appetite and digestion as their bodies adapt to the reduced stomach capacity created by the balloon. It’s crucial for patients to adhere to the recommended dietary guidelines, including portion control and mindful eating practices, to optimize weight loss outcomes and minimize discomfort.

Integration and Lifestyle Changes (6 weeks – 6 months):

Around the six-week mark, patients typically begin to notice significant changes in their eating habits, weight, and overall well-being. With the support of healthcare professionals and ongoing lifestyle coaching, they learn to integrate healthier habits into their daily routines.

This phase is crucial for establishing long-term lifestyle changes, including regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and mindful eating practices, to maintain weight loss results and improve overall health.

Long-Term Maintenance (6 months – beyond):

Beyond the initial six-month period, patients enter the phase of long-term maintenance, where the focus shifts to sustaining the progress achieved with the gastric balloon procedure.

This stage requires ongoing commitment to healthy lifestyle habits, including regular physical activity, mindful eating, and regular follow-up appointments with healthcare providers. Patients may continue to receive support and guidance from dietitians, psychologists, and other members of their healthcare team to ensure sustained success and optimal health outcomes.

What if I can’t take the gastric balloon ?

If the balloon is swallowed and placed inside the body, serious complications are unlikely.

However, for other intragastric balloon inserted endoscopically, if you are unable to swallow it and nausea, vomiting or other discomfort persists, then the doctor can remove the balloon.

This is one of the reasons why some practitioners recommend staying for 2-3 days after placing the ball. This way your doctor can be sure that you are completely safe and ready to go home.

The best diet after a gatric balloon procedure.

Breakfast:

  • Option 1: Greek yogurt topped with fresh berries and a sprinkle of nuts or seeds.
  • Option 2: Oatmeal made with water or skim milk, topped with sliced bananas and a drizzle of honey.
  • Option 3: Scrambled eggs with sautéed vegetables (spinach, bell peppers, onions) and a slice of whole-grain toast.

Mid-Morning Snack:

  • Option 1: Apple slices with almond butter.
  • Option 2: Carrot sticks with hummus.
  • Option 3: Low-fat string cheese with whole-grain crackers.

Lunch:

  • Option 1: Grilled chicken salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Option 2: Quinoa salad with black beans, corn, diced avocado, and lime vinaigrette.
  • Option 3: Turkey and vegetable wrap made with whole-grain tortilla, lettuce, tomato, and mustard.

Afternoon Snack:

  • Option 1: Greek yogurt with a sprinkle of granola.
  • Option 2: Cottage cheese with pineapple chunks.
  • Option 3: Sliced cucumber with tuna salad.

Dinner:

  • Option 1: Baked salmon with roasted Brussels sprouts and quinoa.
  • Option 2: Stir-fried tofu with broccoli, bell peppers, and brown rice.
  • Option 3: Lean beef or turkey meatballs with marinara sauce served over zucchini noodles.

Evening Snack (optional, if needed):

  • Option 1: Air-popped popcorn.
  • Option 2: A small handful of mixed nuts.
  • Option 3: A piece of fruit, such as a peach or a handful of grapes.

Hydration:

  • Aim to drink at least 8-10 cups of water per day to stay hydrated.
  • Opt for calorie-free beverages such as herbal tea, sparkling water, or infused water with fresh fruit slices.

General Guidelines:

  • Focus on lean proteins such as poultry, fish, tofu, beans, and legumes to support muscle maintenance and satiety.
  • Incorporate plenty of vegetables and fruits for essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • Choose whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oats, and whole-grain bread to provide sustained energy and fiber.
  • Limit processed foods, sugary snacks, and high-fat, high-calorie foods.
  • Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day to prevent overeating and promote steady blood sugar levels.
  • Chew food thoroughly and eat slowly to aid digestion and prevent discomfort.
  • Listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues, stopping eating when you feel satisfied.

What are the risks of the gastric balloon procedure?

While the gastric balloon procedure is generally considered safe and effective for weight loss, like any medical intervention, it carries certain risks and potential complications.

It’s essential for individuals considering this procedure to be fully informed about these risks before making a decision.

Here are some of the potential risks associated with the gastric balloon procedure:

Nausea and Vomiting:

One of the most common side effects of the gastric balloon procedure is nausea and vomiting, particularly during the initial adaptation period.

This discomfort is typically temporary and can be managed with medication and dietary adjustments. However, persistent or severe nausea and vomiting may require medical attention.

Gastric Obstruction:

In rare cases, the gastric balloon may obstruct the passage of food through the stomach, leading to symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and difficulty swallowing. This complication may necessitate the removal of the balloon to alleviate symptoms and prevent further complications.

Gastrointestinal Issues:

Some individuals may experience gastrointestinal issues such as acid reflux, indigestion, or heartburn after undergoing the gastric balloon procedure. These symptoms can usually be managed with lifestyle modifications, medication, or balloon adjustment.

Balloon Migration or Deflation:

There is a small risk of balloon migration or deflation, where the balloon moves from its intended position within the stomach or loses its volume over time. Balloon migration may require endoscopic retrieval, while deflation may necessitate balloon removal and replacement.

Ulceration or Erosion:

Prolonged contact between the gastric balloon and the stomach lining may increase the risk of ulceration or erosion. Symptoms of ulceration may include abdominal pain, bleeding, or black stools. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be required to address these complications.

Infection:

Although rare, there is a risk of infection associated with the gastric balloon procedure, particularly during the insertion or removal process. Symptoms of infection may include fever, chills, abdominal pain, and redness or swelling at the insertion site. Prompt medical attention is necessary if signs of infection occur.

Allergic Reaction or Intolerance:

Some individuals may experience allergic reactions or intolerance to the materials used in the gastric balloon, such as silicone or the saline solution used for inflation. Allergic reactions may manifest as rash, itching, swelling, or difficulty breathing and require immediate medical attention.

 

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