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Gastric Balloon

Bariatric Surgery

The best way to lead the most healthiest lifestyle.

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Feel more full, even after small meals

Auralia Clinic provides a range of weight loss options, for surgical and non surgical procedures, that are tailored to suit the Patient’s individual needs and desires.
Specialising in Gastric band and Gastric balloon Procedures, our team of world class Surgeons and Health Care Specialists create change through partnership and trust. At Auralia, Patient care is at the forefront of the agenda when it comes to weight loss surgery, and positions Auralia as the leading provider of procedures in Ireland.

We continually invest to create an exceptional patient journey, which begins with the first contact and continues until the full aftercare programme has been completed, and beyond.The Gastric Balloon is a temporary, non-surgical weight loss device for moderately obese individuals that can help you achieve the health benefits associated with weight loss. The purpose of the gastric balloon is to partially fill the stomach, giving a feeling of fullness, whilst restricting the amount of food you can consume. Patients not only feel less hungry, but feel fuller more quickly after small meals.

The gastric balloon is a temporary device and is removed after a number of months.A gastric balloon may be a suitable option for people who have significant challenges in maintaining weight loss with traditional weight loss methods or those who do not meet the criteria for weight loss (bariatric) surgery. Used In conjunction diet and a modified lifestyle, a gastric balloon can help patients achieve long-term weight loss without surgical intervention. Long-term weight loss should also improve any obesity-related health problems a person may have.

I had my gastric balloon 7 months ago. I lost just under 4 stone in that time. I could never have imagined that this was possible before hand. The after-care program was amazing. I got regular calls and I could go for as many appointments as I wanted. I would 100% recommend Auralia. :-)

Aline, A verified review
(Results may differ from person to person)

I had a lot of appointments beforehand, Dr Salman was very patient and helpful, answered all my questions

Anon, A verified review
(Results may differ from person to person)

Went to the Dublin clinic and I cannot fault one staff member. From the girls at the front to the nurses and anesthesiologist at the back and Dr Salmen himself, everybody was extremely professional, compassionate and friendly. Follow up care is fantastic and the results speak for themselves. I would highly recommend auralia.

Anon, A verified review
(Results may differ from person to person)

I would certainly applaud the after-care service from them. If you are thinking about getting a gastric balloon I would 100% recommend having a consultation with Auralia.

Aline, lost 44lb
(Results may differ from person to person)

About this treatment

What’s involved in getting a gastric balloon?

During your procedure, the gastric balloon is placed (deflated) into your stomach via an endoscopic tube through the mouth. It’s then inflated with 700cc of sterile saline solution through an external catheter. You’ll be given a mild sedative to help you relax beforehand, and a local anaesthetic to numb the throat.

The gastric balloon remains in place for about 6-12 months. When it is removed, it is removed endoscopically. The procedure (both implantation and removal) takes approximately 20 minutes and you can return home within a couple of hours after the procedure. There are no incisions made to any part of the body, so you won’t be left with any scars.

How does the gastric balloon work?

As soon as the gastric balloon is in place, it’s filled with saline which partially fills the stomach. This makes you feel full even after eating only a small amount of food. The balloon helps control hunger, which allows you to get used to a new eating pattern.

After the procedure, you’ll be given medication to help control side effects (which are listed below). Many patients are discharged about 2 hours after the procedure.

You’ll be given a strict diet to follow as soon as the device has been put in place.

What are the health benefits of a gastric balloon?

The gastric balloon typically can help you to lose 2-3 stone over the first 6 months, though some patients have lost up to 4 or 5 stone. Patients typically lose most of the weight in the first 3 months.

After the first 3 months, their weight tends to stabilise and the balloon’s main function becomes maintaining your new weight. This can’t be done, however, without the correct nutrition and exercise.

The balloon’s main health benefits are to help you develop healthy habits that you’ll continue to follow for the rest of your life. Keep to the prescribed diet and exercise plan and you’ll be able to maintain your weight loss after the balloon has been removed.

Are there any side effects of a gastric balloon?

Fitting a gastric balloon is a very safe procedure, but with any procedure there are certain risks and side effects involved.

These include:

  • Nausea, abdominal discomfort, stomach cramps and occasional retching in the first 24 hours post-procedure.
  • In some patients, nausea, abdominal discomfort and other side effects are so bad that the balloon has to be removed.
  • There can be a heaviness in the stomach and some patients experience back or abdominal discomfort as the body adjusts to the balloon.
  • Reflux (heartburn) often occurs
  • It is incredibly uncommon but the balloon could spontaneously rupture and pass into the bowels.

The first three to five days can be difficult. Cramping, nausea and vomiting are normal and should be expected. It is very important that you follow the nutritional instructions and drink plenty of fluids. You may be prescribed medications to ease the discomfort. After this period, your body will adapt to the gastric balloon and you will be capable of eating small portions of food comfortably.

How do I know if I’m eligible for a gastric balloon?

Eligibility is based on a variety of factors which our doctors will run through with you in your initial consultation.

As a guide, a gastric balloon could be suitable for you if:

  • Your BMI is over 27 kg/m2
  • You want to lose about 2-3 stone

A lot of patients who are considering weight loss surgery will opt for the gastric balloon first with the option of trying out other surgical procedures later.

Have more questions? View our brochure.

If you would like to download our brochure on weight loss treatments at Auralia, simply click here. You can print it our save it to read at your convenience. Alternately, you can call any our team on 01 612 0551 and we would be happy to post more information to you.

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