The gastric balloon is a non-surgical solution to weight loss and is used in the short-term. The procedure involves the use of a soft silicon balloon, which is inserted into and fills up the stomach. This allows the patient to feel fuller and subsequently eat smaller portions. The balloon is then kept in the stomach for up to 6 months and is subsequently removed.
Here at the Yorkshire Clinic in Bingley we appreciate that your weight loss journey will be difficult and offer a 12 month aftercare program to help you with your weight loss journey. It is important to realise that weight loss solutions involve a lifestyle change in the long run and dedication to follow up appointments is required.
The Gastric Balloon Procedure
This procedure lasts a quarter of an hour. The gastric balloon is inserted into your stomach via your oesophagus using an endoscope (thin flexible tube-like camera) - this will take place under a light anaesthetic or sedative. You should be able to go home the same day.
The balloon will then sit in your stomach, the surgeon will inflate it with a saline solution and it is left for 6 months - providing there are no complications.
After the 6 months is up, the balloon would have deflated and is then ready to be removed. In order for the surgeons to remove the balloon they will have to perform a similar procedure to insertion using an endoscope to remove the balloon.
Is the Gastric Balloon right for me?
The gastric balloon can be used by patients in order to qualify for weight loss surgery. It is also an effective non-surgical and non-invasive treatment for weight loss – especially if you do not feel comfortable with a surgery.
Gastric balloons are also suitable for people who have a BMI of between 27 and 35 - so you may qualify for a gastric balloon but do not qualify for weight loss surgery. All your health problems will be discussed with your consultant and a treatment plan will be formed.
It should be noted that medical weight loss solutions are only the first stepping stone in a lifestyle change and should involve the intake of the correct nutrients and regular exercise.
Benefits of the Gastric Balloon
There are many benefits to the gastric balloon procedure, some of which include:
- The fact that it is a non-surgical procedure so does not come with the same risks that open or minimal surgery entail.
- It being a temporary procedure so promotes a healthier form of long term weight loss
- That It is more cost-effective in comparison to weight loss surgery.
Risks of the Gastric Balloon
Although risks are minimal with a gastric balloon procedure your consultant will inform you of complications that can arise with the treatment, some of which include:
- Bleeding upon insertion or removal of the balloon
- Abdominal discomfort and pain
- Leaking or deflation of the balloon
- Nausea or vomiting for a few days after insertion
After the Gastric Balloon Procedure
In order to remove the gastric balloon it must be deflated, usually that occurs on its own. It can then be removed using an endoscope and your stomach will return to normal after the removal.
Here at the Yorkshire Clinic we pride ourselves in our support that we give to our patients throughout their weight loss journey. With a 12 month aftercare programme for the gastric balloon procedure and a 18 month aftercare programme for weight loss surgery, we make sure you have all that you need in order to get the best lifestyle advice and guidance.
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