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Gastric Balloons for weight-loss

Introducing a new treatment for weight-loss

An FDA approved device, gastric balloons implantation is a non-surgical procedure to help obese people lose twice as much weight as from diet and exercise. The procedure involves inserting deflated balloons using an endoscope with a camera that goes into the mouth and down into the stomach. The camera is used to help the surgeon guide the placement of the gastric balloons. Once in the stomach, the surgeon inflates the balloons by filling them with a sterile saline solution and then releases them. gastric ballon The procedure is simple, effective and takes only about half an hour for completion. The gastric balloons are used to trigger weight-loss temporarily and therefore has to be removed within a period of 6 months to a year. Removal of the balloons are also similarly simple and only takes about 20-30 minutes. Patient are usually given mild sedation for both the process for their comfort. The gastric balloons does not alter the anatomy of the body, but only fills up space in the stomach to give a feeling of fullness. Hence, the results heavily rely on an individual’s diet and exercise. Because of this reason, our surgeons will be providing support throughout your weight-loss journey with a personalised plan. It is ideal for adults aged from 22 to 60, both female and male, whose BMI lies in between 30-40 kgs and have not been able to lose weight with diet and exercise alone. A study has shown that after 6 months of living with gastric balloons, people on average have lost between 16-25kg.

The two types of gastric balloons offered by London Lipo Institute

Orbera balloons Orbera gastric balloons provide a great internal support system that helps people change their bad habits and achieve their weight-loss goals. The device is a soft silicone intragastric balloon that is inflated with sterile salt-water after being inserted into the stomach.

Easy Life balloons Easy Life balloons are also made of soft silicone and can safely remain in the stomach for 12 full months. Easy Life gastric balloons are adjustable within 4-6 months even after being placed inside your stomach to maintain the weight-loss momentum. In addition, the gastric balloons empties the stomach much slower and keep you feeling full for longer.

Are there any risks?

Most of the complications involved with the procedure can be prevented with careful implantation of the gastric balloons, but here are a few common risks associated with it:

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Bloating

  • Reactions to sedation

  • Diarrhoea

  • Stomach pain

What to expect?

Discomfort and feeling of nausea is very normal for the first 3-5 days but medication will be given to settle your stomach and relieve you from the side effects. You will be on a liquid diet for the first 3 days and then gradually progress to semi-solid diet. You should be able to go back to consuming normal food within a week. Some food and liquid are necessary to be avoided and your surgeon will guide you through your dietary plan. It is recommended not to engage in physical activities for 24-48 hours after the implantation of your gastric balloons but you should be able to go back to your daily routine after 2 days. For the removal of the gastric balloons, you will not be allowed to consume solid food 24 hours and liquid 12 hours prior to your appointment.

London Lipo Institute does not currently offer this procedure.