What is the gastric balloon?

The intra gastric balloon is a non-surgical weight loss procedure. The device is placed in the stomach endoscopically and is performed as an outpatient procedure. It is performed under sedation or general anaesthetic, but no incisions or hospital stay is necessary. Generally, the procedure itself is a short procedure of about 15 minutes for both insertion and removal.

How does it work?

The gastric balloon works on volume restriction. The device occupies about one-third of the stomach’s volume. This is designed to keep you feeling fuller for longer, and also to cause the contents of your stomach to empty more slowly.

The process starts with a soft, intra-gastric balloon placed in your stomach for six months to encourage portion control. It is important to note that this procedure is not permanent. It is important to work on a customised diet & exercise program and get support to make healthy lifestyle choices.

How is the procedure performed?

The procedure is performed via gastroscopy under light sedation,. The balloon is inserted into your stomach via your mouth, and usually takes around 15-20 minutes. After 6 months, the intra-gastric balloon is removed and your support team will continue to guide you toward making healthy lifestyle choices.


Am I a candidate?

Intragastric balloon is indicated for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 and above. Patients have generally tried other weight loss programs such as supervised diets and exercise programs, and have been unable to lose weight, or to sustain long term weight loss.

An effective after care program ensures you are maintaining adequate nutrition, and adopting new habits of mind towards healthy eating and exercise while the gastric balloon remains in your stomach.

At six months, the gastric balloon is removed. Your integrated team will support you to continue your new nutritional and exercise habits. This will help to cement long term weight loss following the procedure.

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