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Top 4 reasons why the gastric balloon is a great weight loss choice

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The extra 6 months that these balloons stay in the stomach double the period during which people can embed the new diet and eating habits that are required to sustain their weight loss after the balloon is removed. People are deciding that those extra 6 months are worthwhile, so much so that some people who would be considering surgical procedures such as the gastric band, sleeve or bypass instead are now opting for the gastric balloon. So, what are the reasons for opting for a 12-month balloon rather than surgery?

Reason 1 – it’s temporary

The balloon is a temporary device that is implanted through the mouth. It’s not surgery and there is no scarring. One of the main reasons why patients are willing to risk their long-term health and not lose weight is their fear of surgery. With the gastric balloon you don’t have a general anaesthetic, nor do you have to worry about surgery.

Reason 2- It’s safe

The gastric balloon, whether you go for the standard 6 month option, or the Orbera 365 which lasts 12 months, is a safe procedure. With over 20 years of data gathered from all over the world, patients are reassured it is one of the safest options available to support their weight loss journey.

Reason 3 – it’s a simple procedure which doesn’t take long

The balloon is a simple day case procedure. You’ll be in the hospital for no more than 3 to 4 hours. Putting the balloon in takes no more than around 5 minutes. The procedure itself can take between 20 to 30 minutes.

Reason 4 – It’s a simple concept

Unlike some of the other weight loss surgery options, the gastric balloon is a very simple concept. The balloon occupies about half of the stomach so there is less room available for food. This means you eat a lot less but still feel full.

Is the balloon right for you?

If you are one of the millions of people in the UK who can agree with the statements below, the gastric balloon could be the perfect for you:

  1. I won’t have surgery
  2. My body-mass index is over 27
  3. I’m tired of dieting
  4. If I can just lose 2 or 3 stone I know I can get to the weight I want to be

If you have a body-mass index of over 30 you would be eligible for the gastric band. The band does not permanently alter the stomach and is more powerful than the ballon. Read the top 4 reasons why the gastric band is a great choice here

The new 12 month balloon is making weight loss procedures accessible to millions more people. Find out if joining this trend could provide the solution you need to manage your weight. Read More on the Orbera 365



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Rishi Singhal

Rishi is an expert bariatric surgeon based in the West Midlands and also Medical Director at Healthier Weight

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