The gastric balloon has been proven to help patients lose weight quickly, safely and without surgery. The gastric balloon is a soft ball or pouch made of silicone.
• It is inserted deflated (flat) through the mouth into the stomach
• It then is filled with sterile saline to take the correct shape
• It is not a surgical procedure and does not require general anaesthetic
• The procedure is performed under light sedation for the patient's comfort.
When filled, the gastric balloon is the size of a large orange and takes up space in the stomach, to create a permanent feeling of fullness. The lack of appetite will help cut down portion sizes and reduce snacking, thereby consuming fewer calories. Losing weight is then a natural and inevitable consequence. The balloon only stays in place for 6 months and is then easily removed. If your Body Mass Index (BMI) score is over 32, a gastric balloon may help you to achieve long-term weight loss, and the management of other medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. The gastric balloon procedure may be particularly useful for people considered too overweight to undergo vital surgery. The use of the balloon to successfully reduce weight prior to surgery can also help to reduce the risks associated with surgical procedures on overweight patients.