The following page is just for your information since the cost for implantation of the gastric balloon is not covered by your insurance and therefore can not be performed at the Klinik Landstrasse. The gastric balloon is an endoscopic therapy method in which a balloon filled with fluid is placed in the stomach as part of a gastroscopy. The balloon causes by its space filling effect a lower food intake and a faster satiety. The balloon can be left in the stomach for up to 1 year and can be readjusted depending on the manufacturer. This method is suitable for severely overweight high-risk patients in terms of a multi-stage concept. After initial weight reduction bariatric surgery follows. The gastric balloon may also be considered for less severely overweight patients, who failed with conservative therapy (diet, exercise, behavioral therapy) as a single therapeutic measure.