The Orbera gastric balloon is classed as a non-surgical procedure, although a light anaesthetic may be required. The balloon is a synthetic sac which is passed down your oesophagus (gullet) into your stomach, whereupon it is filled with a sterile salt water solution. The balloon is filled so that it takes up about ¾ of the room inside your stomach. This is a technique which requires careful calibration – it is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ procedure. Please do make sure therefore that the surgeon you choose to carry out this procedure has been extensively trained.
By partially filling your stomach, the gastric balloon means you feel less hungry, and also when you do eat you will feel fuller quicker. By having this limiting effect on the amount of food consumed the gastric balloon induces weight loss. Successful weight loss is also dependent on good post-operative support and is an important consideration when choosing who to put your gastric balloon in.
The gastric balloon must be removed after 6 months.
Mr Ahmed is fully trained in inserting the gastric balloon and completed his enhanced further training with Allergan BiB systems in Rome. We only use Orbera gastric balloons as these are simply the best available.
Our typical package includes all costs of insertion under a very light anaesthetic (just a few minutes). This is a day case experience and our clients go home after a few hours.
At 6 months after you have lost weight we will arrange for you to come back for the balloon to be removed the same way.