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Weight Loss Operations: Intragastric Balloon

By Dietitian, Juliette Kellow BSc RD

The Intragastric Balloon operation isn’t readily available on the NHS but more research is being carried out on it and it’s sometimes an option for private patients.

This is a short-term treatment that involves placing a deflated silicone balloon into the stomach through the mouth and gullet under sedation. Once in the stomach, the balloon is filled with liquid and so partially fills the stomach to create a feeling of fullness.

The balloon must be removed after six months – if it’s not removed it can deflate and cause an obstruction.

This type of operation is considered to be most appropriate to help people lose weight before they have any type of surgery.

It’s also a good option for people for whom surgical procedures to treat obesity may be inappropriate.

So far, studies have shown a weight loss of between 25 to 44 percent of their excess weight after having an intragastric balloon fitted.

For more information read Juliette's Weight Loss Surgery Info.

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