Gastric balloon

A gastric balloon aims to reduce feelings of hunger and help you feel fuller for longer after eating only small meals. Also known as an intragastric balloon, this type of weight loss treatment can help you lose weight without invasive surgery

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 a patient adapta 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.

When is the balloon removed?

Roughly six months after the fitting of your gastric balloon you will be given an appointment for the balloon to be removed. The ballsixon is removed via a gastroscopy in our endoscopy department and you should be in hospital for just a day.

How much does the procedure cost?

The cost to have the gastric balloon inserted is £5,500, this price includes all aftercare and the removal of the balloon. Please note that an initial consultation cost is not included. It is important that you read Spire’s Patient Terms and Conditions for full detail about what is included and excluded from fixed price treatment. Spire’s Patient Terms and Conditions can be found here or may be requested from the hospital.

Which consultants perform the gastric balloon procedure?

Dr Nylander and Mr Balupuri both perform the gastric balloon procedure here at Spire Washington Hospital.