Gastric balloon

How does the procedure work?

A soft balloon is inserted in to the patients stomach through the mouth using an endoscope. The balloon is then inflated using a saline solution meaning there is less room in the stomach for food/drink. Patients should not feel as hungry and should feel fuller for longer. This is meant to be a temporary aid to weight loss and will usually be removed after approximately six months.

How long will I be in hospital?

Having a weight loss balloon inserted is a relatively minor procedure and takes approximately 30 minutes. Most patients can go home the same day or the day after the procedure.

How much weight will I lose?

Results may depend on how on how well patient adapt to the balloon but a common goal to aim for is approximately 1kg per week while the balloon is in place. This could lead to between 15-25kg weight loss before the balloon is removed.

What are the risks and side effects to having a gastric balloon?

The first few days can be uncomfortable and it is common for patients to experience nausea, vomiting, bloating, diarrhoea and cramping until the body completely adjusts to the balloon.

How long does it take to recover after surgery?

Usually patients take around one week off work and need to avoid strenuous exercise for up to eight weeks following the procedure. When patients first go home they need to stay gently mobile but avoid any activity that might put strain on the abdominal area.