How much weight will I lose?
As you would expect it’s impossible to say for sure and the amount you could expect to lose will vary according to your starting weight. The more you weigh at the start the more you might expect to lose. Generally speaking we expect people to lose between 2 and 4 stones. In order to maximise your weight loss you will need to adopt the dietary advice we provide and increase your daily calorie expenditure, this may e through exercise or simply spending more of the day on your feet.
Where is the procedure done?
The procedure is done in a hospital. You are admitted to a private room and will then be taken to the theatre or endoscopy suite, it could be either. There, the balloon will be place, and later removed. You’ll then go to the recovery area before returning to your room and later discharged.
Who will do the procedure?
The procedure will be done by a doctor who is either a consultant gastroenterologist or surgeon.
Who will do the aftercare?
The aftercare support will be provided by the medical, nursing and support team here at Healthier Weight
What are the risks and possible complications?
All procedures bring a level of risk and the balloon is no different. Some of the risks are the general risks that anyone having a gastroscopy (camera placed into the stomach) could expect, and others are more specific to the gastric balloon. Both are listed below. We will talk you through the risks in detail when we speak to you.
- Faintness or dizziness, especially when you start to move around
- Fall in blood pressure
- Mild allergic reaction (itching or rash)
- Temporary nerve damage
- Less common are muscle aches and pain and a feeling of general weakness.
Complications rates specific to the gastric balloon are low (<3%) and include:
- Inflammation of the Oesophagus
- Rupture of the balloon
- Gastric Ulceration
- Gastric Perforation
- Gastric Obstruction
Most patients will experience a period of sickness and vomiting immediately after the balloon is implanted. We prescribe medication to help you manage this and it usually ends after no more than 2-3 days. If you experience prolonged sickness and vomiting and are unable to tolerate the balloon, it may need to be removed early. This can occur in 6-7% of people.
For the period that the balloon is in place it is important that patients take medication to protect the wall of the stomach. This medicine is called Omeprazole. We will prescribe it for the first 14 days but you will then need to get it from your GP or buy it over the counter.
All procedures involve the risk of death and, however small, we need to inform you of this. The risk of death from a gastric balloon is far below 1 in 10,000 and it is a very low risk procedure. Most studies into the balloon show zero mortality
How can I maximise my weight loss?
The best way to maximise your weight loss with the Obera 365 is to follow the guidelines we provide. These include:
- Making a diet plan for yourself based on our guidance. Decide what you’ll keep from your current diet, what you’ll stop and what you’ll add
- Make a plan to change your eating habits, including when you’ll eat and portion sizes, and trying to eat more slowly
- Make a plan to increase the number of calories you use everyday. Exercise is a good way to do this but if you are unable to do that simply spending more of your day on your feet and walking will help.