When to Consider a Gastric Balloon for Weight Loss

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Every person’s body is unique and reacts to various types of treatments, actions or behaviours in different ways. For many people, the path to losing weight is a difficult one. There are however a growing number of specific treatments designed to help people achieve their weight loss and health goals. A gastric balloon is a consistent and reliable way to reach these goals.

What is a gastric balloon?

A gastric balloon is a small grapefruit-sized device that takes up space inside the stomach to induce a feeling of fullness throughout the day in a safe and effective manner. Over the course of four months, this procedure can result in an average weight loss of 10-15% of the person’s body weight.

A gastric balloon is popular not only for its effectiveness but for the ease in which the treatment is administered. It does not require any hospitalisation, sedation or endoscopy and is totally non-surgical. In just one a short appointment, the patient swallows a small dissolvable capsule containing the balloon. The balloon is attached to a thin catheter which is used to filled the balloon with sterile water. After sixteen weeks the device is expelled naturally from the body.

When to consider a gastric balloon for weight loss?

There are several reasons why a person would consider getting a gastric balloon for weight loss. People experience weight gain and weight loss in different ways. For many people, the traditional pathways of losing weight through diet and exercise, for whatever reason, do not seem to work. This can be frustrating and stressful. For those needing an operation such as a knee replacement or for people trying to conceive, a gastric balloon can be the helping hand they need to get them to their goal weight.  

A gastric balloon is most suitable for people whose BMI is between 27 and 35.  Lots of other health and medical factors must be considered before determining your suitability for the procedure so if you are someone who would like to lose weight in a safe and effective manner with the help of an experienced doctor, book an appointment online with The All England Practice, or get in touch on WhatsApp via the website.

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