The gastric balloon is placed into your stomach to create a feeling of fullness, reduce the amount of food that you eat, and encourage long term portion control. In conjunction with support from the Healthier Weight team, the gastric balloon provides a kick start to healthy, sustained weight loss*. The example below shows the Orbera 365 balloon which stays in place for 12 months. We also offer a 6 month balloon.
The balloon is inserted through the mouth by an endoscopic procedure which takes 20-30 minutes. The supervising physician looks at the stomach with an endoscopic camera and, providing no abnormalities are found, inserts the balloon into the stomach in its compact, deflated form. Swallowing is aided with light sedation.
Once inside the stomach, the balloon is immediately filled with sterile water through a small filling tube (catheter). The balloon has a self-sealing valve and once filled, the catheter is gently removed. When full, the balloon is too large to pass into the bowel and stays in the stomach.
What to expect
We are weight loss specialists at Healthier Weight, it's all we do, so you can be assured of expert support. Your Patient Co-ordinator will advise you of what to expect during the preparation, balloon placement, recovery and ongoing weight loss stages. Everyone is different, but you may like to be aware of the following:
- You will be discharged 1-2 hours after the balloon insertion procedure
- Plan alternative travel as you will not be permitted to drive
- Plan for at least 48-72 hours of inactivity after the procedure
- The first few days following balloon placement can be uncomfortable while the stomach adjusts. Nausea, cramps and vomiting are possible side effects, but can be treated
- You will be restricted to a liquid diet for the first 3 days
If you have further questions regarding the gastric balloon, and what's involved both during and after the procedure, you may wish to visit our gastric balloon frequently asked questions page.