Gastric Balloon

Gastric balloon surgery is a type of weight loss surgery that helps you take control of your weight without invasive surgery or drugs. It works by helping you to feel full, reducing the urge to overeat, alongside a comprehensive weight loss programme.

How it works

A soft silicone balloon is inserted into the stomach and filled with sterile saline.

The balloon is designed to partially fill your stomach, giving you a feeling of fullness. It also makes you feel fuller more quickly after eating small meals. The balloon is removed after 6 months. Professional weight loss consultants design a programme to help you reach and maintain your weight loss goals.

Is it right for me?

If you have a BMI of 30 or more then gastric balloon surgery could be a solution for you. You would need to undergo a comprehensive assessment based on your body mass index and relevant health factors.

What is the recovery like?

After having the gastric balloon fitted you should be able to go home on that same day. However, you will need to attend follow-up appointments with your doctor, dietician and a patient support group. The gastric balloon is removed after six months.

What are the risks and complications?

All surgery comes with risks. Possible complications associated with the gastric balloon can include:

  • Gastric discomfort
  • Abdominal pain
  • Minor bleeding
  • Ruptured balloon (this is rare and should pass through the bowel naturally)

Please seek and follow the specific guidelines from your bariatric team. Guidelines vary for individual patient needs and surgeries.