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Gastric Balloon

Medically proven way to reach your weight loss goals

What is a gastric balloon?

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The gastric balloon is a medically proven way to reach your weight loss goals*. If you've struggled to achieve sustained weight loss through diet alone but you don’t want to consider surgery, the gastric balloon could be for you.

As a temporary procedure, removed after either 6 or 12 months, the gastric balloon is a safe, discreet and effective way to break the routine of yo-yo dieting. We combine the safety and security of a non-surgical medical treatment with a 12-18 month support programme from the Healthier Weight team. The costs can be spread over 3 years with our finance options.

How a gastric balloon works?

The soft expandable balloon is inserted into the stomach during a simple 20 minute day case procedure and, when filled with sterile water, takes up space in your stomach creating a feeling of fullness. This means that you're satisfied after eating less so even after a small meal you'll feel full sooner and for longer. In this way the balloon controls your hunger, boosting your willpower and giving you back control of your eating habits.

The gastric balloon will stay in place for 6 or 12 months (depending on your choice), during which time our team will work with you to make lasting changes to your portion control and eating habits to help you maintain your weight loss when the balloon is removed.

For more information, read our balloon FAQs 

Am I eligible for a gastric balloon?

Eligibility is based on a number of factors but as a guide, a gastric balloon could be suitable for you if your BMI is over 27kg/m2 and you have approx 2-3 stones to lose.

If you have tried and failed to lose weight with diets alone, you know you need more than a diet but you don't want to consider surgery, this non-surgical option could be an effective solution.

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12-18 months gastric balloon aftercare - for long term weight loss results

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As the gastric balloon is a temporary procedure, the support you receive both whilst the balloon is in place and after it is removed, will determine your results, and will be crucial to long term success. Without a structured programme to support you to make changes to your lifestyle and eating habits, you may revert to bad habits and regain weight once the balloon is removed.

The balloon is only part of the solution and will only deliver long term weight loss results if you change your lifestyle habits. That is why we support you not only while the balloon is in place but for 6 months after it is removed. Our 12-18 month programme (depending on the balloon of choice) of expert support and training is vital to your long term success and will help you to avoid regaining weight and reverting to old habits once the balloon is removed.

  • Behavioural support to help you change your relationship with food
  • Structured diet plans to help you adjust to healthy eating habits
  • Medical reviews with our team of Bariatric Nurses
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 Gastric balloon success stories

Gastric balloon success story - Danielle's after photo

"No one can deny the results, it’s been amazing. I recommend the balloon for anyone looking to lose 1-3 stone" 

Danielle's asthma has improved and her cholesterol is down after losing 4 stones with a gastric balloon*.


Gastric balloon success story - Paula after surgery

"I just wanted a temporary solution, a helping hand to kick-start my weight loss, rather than something permanent" 

After having a balloon, Paula no longer suffers with depression, she has more confidence and can wear what she wants*.


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Weight loss results and procedure outcomes comparable

with the best centres of excellence around the world*

Weight loss and health benefits of a gastric balloon

Our experience shows that a gastric balloon procedure typically results in a 2-3 stone weight loss over the first 6 months that the balloon is in place, although some have successfully lost as much as 4 or 5 stone. 70-80% of your total weight loss will be lost in the first 3 months, after which your weight loss slows down and the balloon plays a more supportive role in helping you to maintain your new nutrition and exercise regimes*.

Your total weight loss will be based on your starting weight and how quickly you'll see results will depend largely on how well you adapt to the gastric balloon, alter your eating behaviour, and adopt an exercise regime. There are no miracles in weight loss, as you well know, so it's important to stay disciplined and focused for good long term results.This is why the nutritional and physical activity aspects of the support plan are so important for long term success.

In addition to weight loss, gastric balloon patients can also experience the wide range of health benefits associated with any method of weight loss. Improvements can be seen in the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Back pain and arthritis
  • Self esteem 

Risks and side-effects of a gastric balloon

In the hands of experts, the gastric balloon is a very safe and effective procedure and serious complications are uncommon. In the study of 714 patients (Lopez et al*), implantation was successful in every case and overall complication rates were very low but as we believe it's important for you to have the full picture, we have included details of the risks and possible complications below. We will of course be on hand to provide you with guidance and support for any complications or side effects that you experience both during, and after the gastric balloon procedure. 

  • Stomach discomfort, cramping, nausea and vomiting - common side effects during the first few days following balloon placement

  • A feeling of heaviness in the abdomen, abdominal or back pain is possible as your body adjusts to the presence of the balloon

  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux and indigestion have also been reported

  • Some patients feel they are unable to tolerate the balloon in the stomach, which in some extreme cases, may result in removal. However, usually after the first 3-5 days the discomfort should fade and the balloon will just provide a feeling of fullness

  • There is a theoretical risk that the balloon could rupture and enter the bowel. If this occurred it would usually pass through the bowel and be expelled naturally but there is a risk, albeit extremely small, that the ruptured balloon could obstruct the bowel. The main reason that the balloon is removed after a maximum of 12 months (with Orbera 365) is to minimise the risk of the balloon leaking and causing problems

*Scientific Reference
Lopez-Nava G, Rubio MA et al.  Bioenterics Intragastric Balloon (BIB).  Single Ambulatory Centre Spanish Experience with 714 Consecutive Patients treated with One or Two Consecutive Balloons.  Obes Surg 2010.  Published Online 20th March

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*Weight loss surgery results and benefits vary and are different for each individual. As such, Healthier Weight cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals.