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Our weight can often prove to be a problem for many of us. The body is such a strange mechanism, at times, however much you workout, the weight refuses to change. The amount of money one spends on gyms or medicines that claim to reduce your weight causes a lot of stress, which leads to low self-esteem and heartache.

The stress of not losing any weight as well as the side effects of the extra weight on the body can wreak havoc on the mind as well as body, which could lead to a nervous breakdown. Losing time, energy and money on procedures that rarely deliver as promised brings more suffering.

However, there is ray of hope at the end of every tunnel. And, for those battling overweight, the ray of hope comes from the Gastric Balloon Surgery, or slankeoperasjon. As opposed to the Bariatric Surgery, this Gastric Balloon Surgery is a far more patient-friendly surgery.


The Gastric Balloon Surgery is a weight reduction procedure that does not require any surgical modification of the digestive tract. The concept behind it is to minimize the space available in the stomach so that the patient is not able to eat as much as they used to, earlier.

The balloon is a temporary feature introduced in the stomach of the patients till the time they reduce their weight and adopt a healthier life style, after which the balloon is removed. The patients can then continue following the new dietary habits they have become accustomed to.

Potential side effects:

The fear of the insertion of a foreign body can lead to some stress, but it is a very rare occurrence that the balloon can cause any side effects. And, only in rare cases does it need any corrective intervention. The side effects—if they occur—are short lived and need not be a matter of concern.

Effectiveness of the surgery:

The slankeoperasjon has been around for almost 30 years now. And, with time, researchers have modified the balloon by creating it out of silicone that is filled with saline, added through a self-sealing valve. The entire procedure takes less than half an hour, and is much preferred over the surgical one.

Why in Riga:

As opposed to general perception, Riga is one of the most technologically advanced cities with modern and efficient hospitals and clinics. The medical facilities here have highly trained surgeons and medical support staff. Moreover, this surgery costs way less in Riga and thus saves a lot of money.


The Gastric Balloon Surgery helps the patient gain confidence, enjoy an improved appearance and energy levels, a longer life and an improved outlook towards health and life. The balloon gets removed after a year, a period during which a close eye is kept on the patient to observe any changes, or side effects, if any.