Gastric Balloon Abroad: Lithuania

We are one of the leading bariatric surgery clinics for medical tourists in the European Union. We are proud of the fact that over 90 % of our patients come from the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and other countries.

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One of the most experienced private bariatric clinic teams in Europe. More than 7.000 bariatric surgeries were performed by our surgeon to this date. A figure that no surgeon or clinic in a region can match.

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The only clinic in Europe with a specially designed bariatric mobile app for patients after weight loss surgeries. Available in 6 languages on iOS as well as Android devices.

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Refund for EU patients

Get your surgery for free by claiming a refund from your local health board. The clinic helps patients with the documents needed to claim a refund after following the EU directive route for medical treatment abroad. It applies to patients who are insured under the systems of one of the EU countries and may not get the surgery due to long waiting times. 

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5-year follow up with dietitian

Nutrition is one of the main focus after weight loss surgery to maximize weight loss and prevent weight gain. We offer a dietitian who will talk with you about the diet you’ll need to follow after surgery, explaining what types of food and how much you can eat at each meal. Karolina is a dietitian and Nutrition Consultant with a degree in the medical field. Read more about her here.

11 reasons that make us the most popular bariatric clinic abroad

Our team of 3 bariatric surgeons has 15-20 years of experience in the field in total performing over 500 different bariatric surgeries per year. Moreover, our surgeons are members of various prestigious surgical societies both Lithuanian and international. Our leading bariatric surgeon Dr Almantas Maleckas has performed more than 7.000 bariatric surgeries. He is fluent in four languages, among which English and Swedish. The surgeon has been regularly working in Sweden for over 15 years. Dr Maleckas is a pioneer of laparoscopic surgery in Eastern Europe and has trained many other bariatric surgeons in the region.

We are one of the leading bariatric surgery clinics for medical tourists in the European Union. We are proud of the fact that over 90 % of our patients come from the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and other countries.

We are trusted by our patients and we appreciate all the reviews and feedback collected over the years. Find testimonials here or on Google. 

Already more than 5.000 of our former, current and future patients joined our online community with the aim to build a space for opinions and mutual support. Members are welcome to share experiences about their visit to the clinic and to discuss all surgery-related matters. 

We offer a 5-year follow-up which includes being able to get in touch with our Lithuanian dietitian Karolina. She is consulting patients after surgery and is available upon request to answer postoperative nutritional questions for five years after surgery.

Our clinic or patients are seen on different media mentions like: BBCTelegraphMirror.

Our clinic is the only clinic that has developed its own app designed specifically for bariatric patients – Bariatric IQ. The most useful feature of this app is special bariatric diet recommendations based on a particular product, a patient’s gender, time after surgery and other factors. Such a feature has not been replicated by any other bariatric apps in the world. Read more and download the app on your IOS or Android smartphone here.

Our clinic works according to the highest standards set by the European Union. This helps to guarantee the quality of medical services. We care about the safety, comfort and successful results of our patients from all over the world. 

The clinic helps patients with the documents needed to claim a refund after following the EU directive route for medical treatment abroad. It applies to patients who are insured under the systems of one of the EU countries and may not get the surgery due to long waiting times. 

We provide customer service in 9 foreign languages including English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian, Spanish, French, Russian, Polish. Everyone in our clinic speaks English, including nurses, assistants and the surgeon.

Combining different plastic surgery procedures to offer optimal treatment for post-bariatric patients has been our plastic surgery department’s specialisation for many years now. We have performed such surgeries for more than 10.000 patients to this date. Since weight loss patients often require multiple surgical procedures to address excess skin, surgery planning and surgeons’ experience are very important. We carefully select patients, evaluate each case individually, and only agree to combine surgeries within health & safety limits. Our team of 9 plastic surgeons performs more than 3.000 plastic operations a year, a number that no other clinic in Central & Eastern Europe can match.

Special bariatric app for your mobile phone
  • Created by Nordbariatric clinic
  • Special bariatric diet recommendations based on a particular product, a patient’s gender, time after surgery and other factors
  • Available in 6 languages
  • Available on iOS as well as Android.
  • To this date the app was downloaded more than 100.000 times!
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Gastric balloon

What is a gastric balloon?

A gastric balloon, stomach balloon, or an intragastric balloon, is a medical device which can be temporarily placed into the stomach. The balloon sits in the stomach for up to 1 year and then needs to be removed. It controls the portion size and allows for a steady weight loss. With the gastric balloon, a patient feels full faster and satisfied for a longer time. Additionally, gastric balloon changes hunger hormone balance, and thus, effectively reduces hunger. It is proven that the gastric balloon helps to lose as many as 3 times more weight than with just dieting and exercising. The gastric balloon can only be placed if a proper diet and exercising routine fail to provide the desired weight loss results.

Gastric balloon placement is a favorable option for those who cannot or do not want to undergo other permanent bariatric surgeries, like a sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass. A patient can expect to lose as much as 30 % of excess body weight. Losing a significant amount of weight can lower the risk of various obesity-related health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. Note that the gastric balloon only aids in weight loss if the patient actively contributes to the process by following a diet and forming healthy lifestyle habits.

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FAQ: How much weight it is normal to loose a month after surgey?
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FAQ: Would gastric balloon be helpful if you are overweight?
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FAQ: Why might the weight loss stop after bypass surgery?
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FAQ: The weight loss stops few weeks after surgery, is it normal?
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FAQ: Hunger after the weight loss surgery, is it a normal feeling?
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How is the procedure performed?

Gastric balloon insertion is a non-surgical procedure performed in an inpatient setting. In total, the procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. A patient is under sedation, and thus, does not experience any major discomfort during the procedure.

Who is eligible for a gastric balloon?
  • who are moderately overweight;
  • with BMI (Body Mass Index) of more than 29 but less than 40;
  • who are unable to lose enough weight with diet and exercise alone;
  • who cannot or do not wish to undergo bariatric surgery.
  • who are not determined to change their diet and lifestyle habits.
  • women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to have a child within 6 months;
  • who have had previous gastrointestinal surgery 
  • who have experienced gastric bleeding, gastric ulcers, have a hiatal hernia, or anatomical abnormalities of the oesophagus or larynx;
  • who cannot be operated endoscopically;
  • who are addicted to drugs or other substances.

Bear in mind that physical examination, as well as a thorough evaluation of the medical history, is needed to clarify one‘s eligibility for a gastric balloon insertion.

Recovery after gastric balloon insertion
Possible risks of the procedure

As for every surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with an endoscopically guided gastric balloon insertion, medications used for sedation, and a patient’s tolerance for a foreign object in the stomach. Several complications are:

  • complete or partial bowel blockage;
  • insufficient weight loss;
  • discomfort or abdominal pain;
  • nausea;
  • vomiting;
  • gastroesophageal reflux;
  • infection;
  • digestive tract injury;
  • balloon deflation.

Fortunately, our clinic has a highly experienced medical team and surgeons who do their best to keep complication risk to a minimum. We can ensure that you will receive professional patient care before, during, and after your gastric balloon insertion.

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Removing the gastric balloon. How to prepare?

The gastric balloon needs to be removed no later than 1 year following the insertion because of increased risk of balloon deterioration and damage after this point. It takes about 20-30 minutes to remove the balloon. Firstly, the patient is mildly sedated. Then a doctor drains the saline and deflates the balloon so that it can be pulled out through the mouth.

Before the gastric balloon removal procedure, you will have to take heartburn medication which reduces gastric reflux that can occur after a gastric balloon is removed. Since your stomach must be empty for the removal, you should not consume any solid foods (you can have frequent sips of low-calorie drinks) for 48 hours before the scheduled procedure.