What is a gastric balloon?
A gastric balloon is a soft, expandable weight-loss device. It is placed inside the stomach using a non-surgical procedure which involves the insertion of a balloon through the mouth. It is completely reversible and can be removed in the same way that it was inserted.
It works by:
- Reducing the stomach’s capacity and thereby the volume of food it can physically hold,
- This in turn decreases the feeling of hunger,
- Helping a person to comfortably limit and better control their food intake, and
- Assisting with the facilitation of new eating habits.
This simple weight loss procedure is considered to be minimally invasive because it does not involve surgery and requires only a visit to a Day Clinic. The procedure generally only takes around 20 minutes and the balloon device can remain safely in the stomach for up to 6 months. On average, patients record weight loss of between 10 and 30kg within this timeframe.
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