Healthier Weight
0800 313 4618
Call Mon-Fri 9-8, Sat-Sun 10-4
Gastric Balloon patient Claire loses over 3 stones

Claire loses weight with the Orbera balloon

Procedure of choice        Gastric balloon

Starting weight                 14 st 7 lbs

Current weight                 10 st 11 lbs

Total weight loss              3 st 8 lbs 

Trigger for weight loss     To be able to socialise again

Topping out at 14st 7lbs (ish) I felt sluggish and miserable. I no longer enjoyed the outdoor activities I used to love and socialising was becoming a no go area as I felt too embarrassed by my size. I knew I had to do something drastic to change my weight. Like most people I tried dieting first but usually quickly gave up after a month or so when I failed to lose more than a few pounds and suffering from depression I was turning to food for comfort. I have never been a junk food, crisp or chocolate fiend but my portion sizes were out of control. I knew I needed to lose 3-4 stones to get back to a normal BMI and regain some confidence.  


After discussions with Mr Whitelaw at Healthier Weight I decided to opt for the Orbera gastric balloon. It was non-surgical and temporary and as I had lost weight in the past for my wedding and had been average weight with a healthy BMI most of my life I felt comfortable that opting for a short sharp shock to break my habits was the right thing for me.  


Healthier Weight made sure I understood the procedure, what life would be like whilst I had the balloon and what to expect in the immediate aftermath.  It immediately prohibited my ability to gorge and limited the types of food I could eat. I could no longer eat the filing and comforting breads, pastas and bulk I was used to. I quickly learnt my new tolerances and with lots of discipline and whilst it wasn’t smooth sailing, after 4 months with the balloon and continuing the regime post removal I am now at a more modest 11st with around 7lbs left to lose until I am at a healthy BMI and reach my target. I am still losing weight without the balloon and truly understand I can’t go back to eating the way I was before. The balloon was exactly what I needed and gave me my life back.


Arrow right blue

Victoria's story

Arrow right pink

Read more about the gastric balloon

In partnership with
Registered with the Care Quality Commission and General Medical Council
*Weight loss surgery results and benefits vary and are different for each individual. As such, Healthier Weight cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals.