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

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

  • What happens during the removal of the balloon? icon plus

    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.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    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.
  • After your balloon has been removed icon plus

    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.

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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.
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