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Our clinical Behaviour Lifestyle Support Programme is only suitable for certain
people. As a guideline, if your BMI is over 25 and you have a weight issue you are likely to be suitable for a gastric balloon.
note you are not suitable for the Behaviour Lifestyle Programme if you have previously
undergone gastric or any other upper abdominal surgery.
you are clinically obese, looking for a short-term solution to weight loss to reduce health risks associated with obesity;
as preparation to vital surgery; or as part of a supervised weight loss programme, then we can help you achieve your weight
does our Behaviour Lifestyle Programme work?
The gastric balloon (which is made of double wall elastic, durable, high quality
silicone envelope (bag) is inserted using a gastroscope by either the surgeon or gastroenterologist. Once it is within the stomach and below the
level of the cardia it can be safely inflated with air using a sterile 60ml syringe. The balloon is very slowly inflated under
direct visualisation. Once it has reached its optimum capacity, the tube used to inflate it can be released and removed leaving
the balloon behind. After removal of the tube a further inspection is done to ensure the passage of the oesophagus is free and in normal condition.
How long will it take to insert a gastric balloon?
The procedure does not require an overnight stay, as only local anaesthetic
is required it can be competed in about 10-15 minutes.
results can I expect from having a gastric balloon inserted?
Patients have lost as much as 18.5 Kg over a 6 month period provided they followed
the body plan advice given as part of their treatment .
long is the recovery period having a gastric balloon inserted?
It is recommend that you take some
rest before returning to work. Your surgeon will be able to advise more on this during your first consultation.
Are there any after effects to a gastric balloon?
Immediately after the procedure, the patient is advised to sip water only occasionally
and or suck on an ice cube. The first few days after having a gastric balloon inserted will be uncomfortable as the stomach
gets used to the presence of the balloon. The patient may experience nausea, vomiting, bloating during this time until the
body adjusts. With the air filled balloon the symptoms do not persist more than a few days. Aside from normal, post-implantation
discomfort, you should not experience side effects from the Heliosphere air filled intragastric balloon. If anything abnormal
is happening, you are encouraged to get in touch with the clinic as soon as possible so we can see if there is any problem
is and, if so, put it right straight away. We offer a comprehensive and extensive post-operative care programme, which includes
detailed post-operative instructions and follow-up appointments with your surgeon to ensure a speedy recovery, all at no additional
there risks associated with having a gastric balloon inserted?
As with all operations, there are some risks associated with the procedure
Your surgeon can help put you at ease regarding any worries you may have. You can talk through these concerns at your free
Can the air escape from the Heliosphere balloon?
It is very unlikely that this will happen. This is because the inner part of the envelope housing
the Heliosphere is coated with pure gold. The pure gold prevents this from ever occurring. In fact, in vitro tests with the balloon
reveal that it does not loose deflation even after 8 months of implantation. There is also a clinical trial showing the balloon
can be implanted for longer than 6 months in humans proving that deflation is not a major concern. The only way it could deflate
is if it was physically cut across with a very sharp tool. To give you an idea of how strong the balloon is, when it is time
to remove it, the device is punctured about 13 times. This does not cause the air to leak, the air has to be forcefully extracted
using a aspirator generator for a minimum of 5 minutes!
When is the air filled balloon removed
The Heliosphere is safely removed under exact endoscopic control after 6 months. There are ongoing studies to establish
if it can be left within the stomach for a longer period but this is just experimental at this stage. The balloon is punctured
using a sharp needle around the black valve of the device. The needle is then attached to an automatic aspirator which takes
5 minutes to extract all the air out of the heliosphere before it can be removed.
much does our air filled gastric balloon procedure and support programme cost?
a very competitive package to all our patients. Please call us to discuss your requirements.
How do I arrange to have a air filled gastric balloon?
The first step towards undergoing the procedure through the National Gastric
Balloon Centre is to book a free consultation with a member of our friendly, expert team. At a consultation, you can expect
to see a patient care co-ordinator, with whom you will have plenty of opportunities to ask any questions you may have about
the procedure. The consultation will take around 30min , during which time you will not be given the ‘hard sell’.
No pressure will be put on you to go through with the procedure, and you will not be forced to make a decision at the consultation.
We understand that this is a big decision for you and we want you to be totally satisfied that it’s the right thing
to do before committing to the procedure booking.