Rapid Weight Loss
Have you been dieting or tried the gym without success? A balloon does not require surgery and you could lose up to 40% excess weight within just 4 months!
Its temporary! If you are looking into a short term solution instead of making permanent surgical changes, look no further than the gastric ballon.
It is not a matter of just willpower alone like dieting – the balloon is a physical object in the stomach – and your body will self-control your level of hunger.
- Safety – a very safe procedure with a strong history over the past 20 years, with over 280,000 balloons inserted globally to date
- It is less invasive – a good option if you do not want to have a general anaesthetic or have surgery with cutting and stitching performed
- Lower risk – a good option if you are not eligible for a surgical procedure
- Fewer restrictions on the types of foods which can be eaten
- Low maintenance – no adjustments are needed
- Ideal preparation – kick start weight loss before a bypass or sleeve surgery and prepare your body for a new permanent diet with less food
- Easier procedure – no anaesthetic used, just a sedative
You will not be given any general or local anaesthetic, but you will be placed under sedation to improve your comfort during the procedure.
During the procedure, the balloon is implanted in a deflated state. An endoscope is used to pass the balloon through the mouth and into the stomach. It is then filled with approx. 700ml of blue coloured saline fluid.
Depending on your weight and stomach size, you will have chosen to have 1 or 2 balloons inserted.
This whole process takes no longer than 20 minutes and you will only need to stay within the hospital for a couple of hours for recovery and checks before being allowed to leave.
This procedure works in two ways:
- Restrictive Element – Reducing the volume of the stomach so you eat small amounts of food, feels full quicker and thus eat less overall (smaller portions).
- Gives you time to adapt to new eating habits and develop the correct nutritional balance prior to removal of the balloon
How long should I have a balloon for – 6 or 12 months?
There are some considerations relating to the use of a gastric balloon:
- Up to 80% of your total 30-40% excess weight loss can occur with 3-4 months and you should be aware of this potential rapid loss of weight
- When weight loss tails off – you should utilise your remaining time with the balloon in place to help you adjust to a new lower body weight and a routine of eating the correct nutrition and balance of physical activity
- The amount of weight lost is generally dependant on your starting weight and your commitment to making permanent lifestyle changes
- There is a risk of weight gain once the balloon is removed – it will be essential to continue to commit to your new routine without any stomach restrictions in place
The gastric balloon is a safe procedure, however it does have some potential side effects:
- Nausea, abdominal discomfort, stomach cramps and vomiting within the first 24 hours following the placement procedure – normally this can be managed with medication and will subside within a few days
- Low tolerance – approx. 5% of patients feel the side-effects are severe enough to request removal of the balloon (this cannot be predicted)
- Feeling of heaviness in the stomach – back and abdominal discomfort as the body adjusts to the presence of the balloon
- Reflux – heartburn may occur and require medication to manage
- Gastric ulcers
- Offensive smelling breath
- Rupture – although very small, there is a risk of rupture and passing into the bowel
Our Bariatric Surgeon performing the Gastric Balloon procedure is Mr Alan Li, who has specialist experience and is an established expert in bariatric weight-loss and associated specialities:
- Oesophgeal and Gastric Cancer (Oncology)
- Upper Gastro-Intestinal Disorders
- GERD – reflux, heartburn and hiatus hernia
- General surgery (hernia and gallbladder disease)
Recent advances within his practice for weight loss include:
- Laparoscopic keyhole techniques
- Minimally invasive surgery for Cancer
- ESG for obesity (endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty)
- (non surgical sleeve)
- 365 balloon for weight loss
- Minimal scar and single incision (SILS) surgery
- Robotic surgery
View his website biography page here.
Following the post procedure dietary plan, you will be able to eat normal foods.These will just be in much smaller quantities such as 3-6 tablespoons of food per meal.
You will need to avoid fatty and sugary foods if you wish to achieve your weight loss goal, therefore with an improved diet that is balanced in food types.
You will need to take a daily vitamin and mineral supplement – evidence shows weight loss patients can become deficient given sudden changes in diet.
To be successful, you will need to be physically active. The aim will be to walk at least 60 mins/day or equivalent physical activity.
What happens when the balloon is taken out?
The challenge of a Gastric Balloon is how to continue making progress once it is taken out.
We will encourage you to try and change your mindset whilst you have your balloon in place – so that after your 6 or 12 month programme, you will have achieved a life changing outcome. This will be to continue with the same dietary control, with a renewed willpower. Knowing when meal portions are too large and eating less.
A healthy, balanced diet and lots of regular exercise upon completion will always help to keep the weight off.
Pall Mall Bariatrics offers a fully comprehensive aftercare programme. This runs for either 6 or 12 months after your balloon insertion with an ‘open door’ policy.
This means you will be able to access unlimited clinical support through telephone calls or appointments at clinic should you have a problem or need for extra advice.
We have a structured programme of post-operative follow-up calls with our Bariatric Nurse (Claire Clarke) starting from 3 days post surgery.
We also have a schedule of review appointments at clinic:
- 3 weeks
- 5 weeks
- 2 months
- 3 months
- 4 months
- 5 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
We are uniquely placed to offer all patients access to our post-operative toolkit of optional (additional) services that will support you in a private and confidential environment including:
- Blood testing (benchmarking your levels pre and post surgery)
- Imaging (scanning for reduction in disease risk over time)
- Consultant Nutritionist for expert support and dietary planning
- Consultant Psychiatrist for expert support for mental health
- Access to counsellors for expert support for coping with change
- Access to vitamin and mineral clinics – wellbeing boosts with B12 injections and other vitamins and minerals by intravenous therapy
- Access to a network of dietary support in relation to meal recipes, dietary advice and places to eat that will support you post surgery
- Access to a sports therapist who can introduce you to physical exercise suitable for your personal daily lifestyle