Feel more full, even after small meals
A gastric balloon is a type of weight loss procedure that involves inserting a deflated balloon into the stomach through the mouth and then filling it with saline solution. Once the balloon is filled, it takes up space in the stomach, making the person feel fuller faster and limiting their food intake.
The gastric balloon is usually left in place for 6-12 months, during which time the person undergoes dietary and lifestyle changes with our expert team to help them lose weight. After the six or twelve months, the balloon is removed and the person continues with their weight loss journey.
The gastric balloon is not a permanent device, but it can be an effective tool for jump-starting weight loss and helping people make the necessary changes to their diet and exercise habits. It is usually recommended for people who have a BMI between 27 and 50 who have no significant history of heartburn or reflux and who have not previously had any form of bariatric surgery.
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. :-)
I had a lot of appointments beforehand, Dr Salman was very patient and helpful, answered all my questions
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.
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.
About this treatment
What’s involved in getting a gastric balloon?
During your procedure, the gastric balloon is placed into your stomach via an endoscopic tube through the mouth. It’s then inflated with 500-700ml 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 15 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. Patients also report feeling fuller for longer, as a result of what we call “delayed gastric emptying”.
Once your procedure has been completed, you’ll then work with our expert aftercare team of Dieticians, exercise physiologists, psychologists and nutritionists.
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 loss tends to slow down and the balloon’s main function becomes maintaining your new weight.
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.
- Nausea, abdominal discomfort, stomach cramps and occasional retching during the recovery period.
- In some patients, nausea, abdominal discomfort and other side effects are so bad that the balloon has to be removed, but its rare.
- 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 and below
- You want to lose about 2-3 stone
- No significant history of gastric reflux / heartburn
- No previous bariatric surgery
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.
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