Gastric balloon procedure

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. One type of gastric balloon is known as Orbera™.

During the procedure a soft balloon is inserted into your stomach through your mouth, using an endoscope (a thin, flexible telescope). The balloon is then filled with saline solution to partially fill your stomach, leaving less room for large amounts of food or drink. A gastric balloon is designed to be a temporary weight loss solution, and will usually be removed after six months. It is sometimes used to help you lose enough weight to undergo gastric banding or gastric bypass surgery.

Gatric Balloon Surgery for weight loss at Spire Healthcare

About the gastric balloon procedure

Gastric balloons are inserted under sedation in a procedure which takes 20 to 30 minutes. It is a relatively minor procedure, but it may take your stomach a little while to get used to the balloon. You will usually be able to go home the same day, or the day after the balloon has been inserted.

In a small number of cases, patients may not be able to tolerate the balloon for the full 6 month period and when this happens, it will need to be removed early. There is a possibility this may happen in the first few days after the balloon is placed, if side effects (including nausea and vomiting) do not resolve or are worse than anticipated.

Having a gastric balloon inserted at a Spire hospital means you will be treated by an experienced specialist who will discuss your options and the best course of treatment for you before going ahead. Our team of dieticians and specialist nurses will look after you throughout your stay and provide support and advice after treatment.

You can expect to be treated in a premium private hospital at a location of your choice, and be safe in the knowledge that Spire is committed to your safety with exceptional healthcare standards and cleanliness.

To find out more about this procedure and to book a consultation, please contact your nearest Spire Hospital offering weight loss treatment.

The following Spire Healthcare hospitals offer weight loss surgery

Blackpool - Spire Fylde Coast Hospital 01253 308 031
Brentwood - Spire Hartswood Hospital 01277 266 761
Brighton - The Montefiore Hospital 01273 828 120
Bristol - Spire Bristol Hospital 0117 980 4080
Buckinghamshire - Spire Thames Valley Hospital 01753 662 241
Bushey - Spire Bushey Hospital 0208 901 5505
Cambridge Lea - Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital 01223 266 929
Cardiff - Spire Cardiff Hospital 029 2054 2509
Cheam - Spire St Anthony's Hospital 020 8337 6691
Cheshire - Spire Cheshire Hospital 01925 215 029
Edinburgh - Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh 0131 316 2507
Elland - Spire Elland Hospital 01422 324065
Farnham - Spire Clare Park Hospital 01252 895490
Gatwick - Spire Gatwick Park Hospital 01293 778 906
Harpenden - Spire Harpenden Hospital 01582 714420
Hull - Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital 01482 672412
Hythe - Spire St Saviour's Hospital 01303 265581
Leeds - Spire Leeds Hospital 0113 218 5977
Leicester - Spire Leicester Hospital 0116 265 3021
Little Aston - Spire Little Aston Hospital 0121 580 7119
Macclesfield - Spire Regency Hospital 01625 501 150
Manchester - Spire Manchester Hospital 0161 232 2303
Norwich - Spire Norwich Hospital 01603 255 614
Portsmouth - Spire Portsmouth Hospital 023 9245 6172
Reading - Spire Dunedin Hospital 0118 955 3563
Redbridge - Spire Roding Hospital 020 8709 7817
Solihull - Spire Parkway Hospital 0121 704 5530
Southampton - Spire Southampton Hospital 023 8091 4471
Southend-on-Sea - Spire Wellesley Hospital 01702 447 926
Tunbridge Wells - Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital 01892 741 150
Washington - Spire Washington Hospital 0191 418 8687
Wirral - Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Wirral 0151 929 5408
Wrexham - Spire Yale Hospital 01978 262 462

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