Gastric balloon removal

FOLLOW-UP CARE FOR AN INTRAGASTRIC BALLOON

 

After up to six months of weight loss, your gastric balloon will need to be removed with a non-surgical procedure

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Having a gastric balloon

The gastric balloon system is a clinical weight loss option for people who can't or would prefer not to undergo surgery.

The balloon works by taking up space inside of your stomach, helping you to feel full faster.

The gastric balloon lasts for up to six months before you'll need to have it removed.

Need to know

The process for removing your gastric balloon is similar to having it inserted. Your consultant will use a local anaesthetic spray to numb your throat before inserting a thin flexible telescope (endoscope) through your mouth and into your stomach.

They'll then puncture the balloon to deflate it before removing it through your mouth. The procedure only takes around 15 minutes and shouldn't be painful, but you may be given a sedative to help you relax.

Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. They'll let you know what you need to do to prepare, including how long to avoid eating and drinking beforehand.

Along with fasting immediately before the procedure, you may need to avoid solid food for a few days. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you. As you may be having a sedative, you should arrange for someone to help you get home after your procedure.

Depending on your weight-loss goals and health needs, you may have another gastric balloon inserted at the same appointment.

Your consultant will recommend the best option for you. They can also offer dietary and lifestyle advice to help you reach and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). You should be able to go home the same day as your procedure. You may feel some discomfort or nausea for a few days, but this shouldn't last longer than that.

Your consultant will let you know what to expect and when you can get back to normal activities, including work.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

We offer this treatment at a fixed price at some of our facilities.

Gastric balloon removal Consultants

Professor Ameet G Patel

Professor Ameet G Patel

General Surgery

Mr Sasindran Ramar

Mr Sasindran Ramar

General Surgery

Professor Samer Humadi

Professor Samer Humadi

General Surgery

Mr Gianluca Bonanomi

Mr Gianluca Bonanomi

General Surgery

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The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

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The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

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London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.