Weight loss program with intragastric balloon!

Zbog mnogobrojnih zdravstvenih komplikacija koje gojaznost uzrokuje, svjetski trend u redukciji tjelesne težine – intragastrični balon za mršavljenje, učinili smo dostupnim i u BiH!

Nehirurškom metodom, uz umijeće i stručnost naših ljekara, brzo i bezbolno moguće je izgubiti 15 do 20kg i spriječiti mnogo teža oboljenja, koja nastaju kao posljedica gojaznosti.

What is an intragastric balloon?

The intragastric balloon is a revolutionary silicone balloon that is inserted into your stomach through your mouth and esophagus during a short outpatient procedure and is performed under sedation. It is soft and does not damage the mucous membrane of the stomach, and is implanted using an endoscopic probe (camera). It is used as an alternative for the treatment of moderate, moderate to severe obesity, with appropriate psychological support, a prescribed diet and a program for physical activity, as well as constant supervision by a doctor.

It is a clinically accepted weight loss tool approved by the US Department of Health, which confirms its safety. It has been successfully used around the world for the past 30 years.

Taking into account the world standards and guidelines for reducing body weight and establishing new and healthier eating habits, the "Obesity Team" of Plave Medical Group strongly suggests that better results (significantly higher efficiency) are achieved by combining the intragastric balloon with psychological counseling (clinical psychologist ), and with the support of a nutritionist and an exercise program.

Main advantages

How does it work?

An intragastric balloon is placed in your stomach, occupying approximately one third of the stomach volume. It helps you lose weight by causing a feeling of satiety. It achieves this in two ways:

  • Delaying gastric emptying – since the emptying time of the stomach increases, you feel fuller for longer.
  • Reduction of gastric capacity – helps you reduce portion sizes

Are you the right candidate?

The Lex-Bal gastric balloon is an effective way to lose weight in patients whose BMI (body mass index) is greater than 27.

In addition to reducing weight, this method also reduces the occurrence of operative or postoperative complications if surgical treatment of obesity or another surgical procedure (orthopedic) is indicated.

Not every balloon is equally effective - INTRODUCING YOU LEX-BAL®!

Regular gastric balloons sometimes need to be removed due to intolerance. By using Lex-Bal, we can avoid early removal by reducing the volume of the balloon, which prolongs the treatment process to achieve the most successful weight loss results.

How is it performed?

Balloon insertion is a 20-minute procedure performed under short-term general anesthesia in the gastrointestinal endoscopy suite.
The procedure is completely painless and comfortable. Since there are no surgical incisions during placement, the recovery is minimal and refers to monitoring the patient several hours after waking up from anesthesia.

You can expect to stay for 4-5 hours including preparation, procedure and recovery. After 4 to 6 months, the Lex-Bal balloon is removed through the mouth in a similar manner to how it was placed.

How much weight can you lose with the Lex-Bal® balloon?

You can expect to lose 15-20% of your body weight ie. a 100kg person can expect to lose an average of 15-20kg, but ultimately, the amount of weight you lose and keep off will depend on how closely you follow our obesity team's advice.

For optimal weight loss, not only a balloon is enough, but also a certain dietary regimen, i.e. you need to get used to a healthy diet, and exercises according to the recommendations of experts. If you remain consistent with the recommendations of our nutritionist, the pounds will not return after the balloon is removed.

Who performs the intervention?

Placement of the Lex-Bal intragastric balloon in your stomach is performed by an eminent endoscopist m.sci.dr. Admir Kurtćehajić, subspec. of gastroenterohepatology, who perfected his knowledge in renowned world medical centers.

He is one of the few gastroenterologists from Bosnia and Herzegovina whose works have been published in the most recognized professional journals relevant to medical science.

His expertise has been recognized by of the European Association za gastroinestinalnu endoscopy which is why he is the first gastroenterologist from BiH to win the prestigious European grant for 2020.

The price of installing an intragastric balloon

The price of the weight loss program with the installation of an intragastric balloon in Plava Polyclinic amounts to 3500 (1774€). The price includes:

  • balloon placement in analgosedation
  • balloon removal (after 6 months) under analgosedation,
  • all necessary therapies in the first few days after the intervention (if nausea is present)
  • consultation with a nutritionist
  • OPTIONAL: online psychological counseling - 6x via the Zoom platform
  • OPTIONAL: continuous support and advice from a fitness trainer, program and video presentation of aerobic and anaerobic exercises

Want more information?

If you have additional questions and want to find out if you are the right candidate for intragastric balloon implantation, fill out the short contact form and our staff will answer you shortly. 

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