The Intra Gastric Balloon or ‘Gastric Balloon’ is a soft, expandable device that is placed inside the stomach to reduce the feeling of hunger, control food intake and assist with behavioural changes relating to eating. This non-surgical procedure involves the insertion of a special ‘balloon’ via the mouth using a flexible camera. It is completely reversible and is removed in the same manner as it is administered.
Guided by a flexible camera (Endoscope), your Specialist will insert a tube containing the balloon into your stomach. Once in the correct position, the balloon is expanded with a sterile, saline fluid. This reduces the capacity of the stomach to hold food and thereby achieves the desired weight loss.
This simple weight loss procedure is considered to be minimally invasive and is usually performed in a Day Clinic. Placement of the gastric balloon generally takes only 20 minutes and it can safely stay in the stomach for a period up to 6 months.
On average, patients record weight loss of between 10 and 30kg within this timeframe.
Would you like to know more about the intra-gastric balloon? Download a fact sheet here. Or, phone 07 5598 0955 and make an appointment with Dr Candice Silverman today. In your one-on-one consultation you will review the advantages, benefits and risks of this procedure and find out if a gastric balloon is the right weight loss procedure for you.