The Obalon balloon is a revolutionary gastric balloon, designed to help weight loss. It is placed within the stomach to make you feel less hungry, so reducing your food intake. It is suitable for people who have less weight to lose – you need to have a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or over – or for people who do not want formal surgery.
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Unlike older-style balloons, it requires no endoscopy or anaesthesia to place it – it is simply swallowed in the form of a small capsule. This makes the balloon safe and simple to insert as an outpatient procedure.
It is left in the stomach for 3 months before requiring a short endoscopy (a telescope procedure, taking just a few minutes and using light sedation if needed) to remove it. The balloon gives patients a real boost to their weight loss attempts.
Although people lose weight when the balloon is in place, the weight could potentially be regained after the balloon is removed unless patients use this 3 month period to really change their behaviour. I therefore offer a fully comprehensive, inclusive, support package, the LIVE-IT programme, to help you during the 3 month balloon placement period – and beyond. This offers a real chance to change your behaviour and escape from the downward spiral of yo-yo dieting.
If another procedure would suit your needs better, or be safer or more effective for you, I will discuss this fully with you.
Complications from gastric balloon placement are extremely rare. However, in the unlikely event that a complication does occur, you can be confident that you will be in safe and experienced hands.
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