Gastric Balloon Surgery

(Intragastric Balloon)

What Is Gastric Balloon Surgery?

The intragastric balloon, also known as gastric balloon surgery, is a non-surgical, temporary weight loss treatment for obesity. A gastric balloon is a small inflatable balloon, which is placed in the upper stomach.

The saline-filled balloon helps you feel full after eating small meals. Gastric balloon surgery is a reversible procedure.

In general, there are two types of balloons:

1) The 6-month removable balloon
2) The 6–12 month adjustable balloon

The team at Tonic can advise on which balloon is most appropriate for you.

How Does Gastric Balloon Surgery Work?

The procedure involves inserting a high-quality and durable silicone bag into the stomach (via the throat). When in the stomach, the collapsed bag is inflated with air or saline, to resemble a balloon (hence the name). The balloon helps to fill the volume of the stomach and make patients feel full.

An intragastric balloon is designed to aid weight loss over six months. It enables patients suffering from obesity to feel full, curb their appetite, eat smaller portions and gain control.

The day-case procedure takes 15 to 20 minutes to perform, usually under throat spray, sedation or a general anaesthetic.

    BENEFITS OF GASTRIC BALLOON SURGERY

  • REVERSIBLE
  • NON-INVASIVE AND NON-PHARMACEUTICAL
  • SHORT 15 TO 20 MINUTE PROCEDURE
  • A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE
  • CONTROL APPETITE
  • EAT REDUCED PORTIONS OF FOOD
  • IMPROVED SELF-CONFIDENCE
  • LOWER RISK OF OBESITY-RELATED HEALTH ISSUES
  • TEMPORARY WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTION

*As with any surgical procedure, there are possible risks and complications, including balloon deflation, perforation, nausea & vomiting, bloating, abdominal or back pain, heartburn with acid reflux, indigestion and death. These are uncommon and we will do everything possible to prevent them from happening.

Please note that gastric balloon ruptures can happen. If you go to the toilet and notice your urine is blue in colour, this indicates a possible rupture of the balloon and you must contact your surgeon immediately. This is rare but can happen.

Please speak to your Tonic surgeon to discuss the risks in more detail and any concerns you may have.

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Weight Loss Results

Gastric balloon surgery patients typically lose up to 5 to 20kg in weight and are back to work after two to three days. Most of the weight loss with the balloon happens within the first three months. After this period, the weight loss usually stabilises and we ask patients to boost their exercise.

Patients will find that eating smaller portions of food will keep them feeling fuller for longer. As a result, they can reduce their meal sizes and achieve the weight loss they are looking for.

If you have opted for an adjustable balloon, there is the option to return to the surgeon and ask for the balloon to be filled with fluid again to boost weight loss.

Recovery Time and Aftercare

Intragastric balloon procedures take about 20 minutes. Patients are then monitored for a few hours for healthy post operative recovery.

For the first couple of days after surgery, patients are likely to feel nauseous. By day three, most of these symptoms have usually subsided.

In the first five days after the balloon, patients are asked to be on a liquid-only diet, followed by five days on a puréed diet.

As well as adopting a healthy diet, patients will be asked to go on acid-reducing tablets for the time they have the balloon in place, which will help reduce the production of acid and protect the balloon from damage.

Read more about our premium 2–5 year aftercare package at the bottom of this page.

Removing the Balloon

This is done as a day-case procedure and will be carried out under sedation or general anaesthetic. A camera will be inserted into the stomach and the balloon will be deflated and removed.

The stomach will then go back to normal and so it is important for patients to put a plan in place to maintain their weight loss long term. After the balloon is removed, the Tonic support team, including our specialist dietitian, psychotherapist, personal trainer and life coach, will be on hand to offer regular advice and help you maintain dietary and lifestyle changes.

Is Gastric Balloon Surgery Right for You?

Most patients who opt for gastric balloon surgery want a reversible procedure, or have a certain weight loss target that they want to achieve and not go beyond.

Availability

Gastric balloon procedures are available in London, Leeds and Luton, with finance options available.