Intragastric Balloon

A non-surgical weight loss procedure which is adjustable, and reversible.

Not every person who wants or needs to lose weight is suitable for bariatric surgery. An alternative weight loss procedure for those who have not had success with diet and exercise alone, may be a non-surgical procedure such as an intragastric balloon.

A non-surgical weight loss procedure which is adjustable, and reversible.

Not every person who wants or needs to lose weight is suitable for bariatric surgery. An alternative weight loss procedure for those who have not had success with diet and exercise alone, may be a non-surgical procedure such as an intragastric balloon.
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The intragastric balloon explained

The principle of the intragastric balloon works on volume restriction. The balloon occupies approximately one-third of the stomach’s volume. This causes the contents of your stomach to empty at a slower rate. This process is designed to keep you feeling fuller, by keeping food in the stomach longer.

The device is placed in the stomach endoscopically. The insertion is part of an outpatient procedure, performed under sedation or general anaesthetic. No incisions or hospitalisation are required. Insertion or removal of the balloon takes about 15 minutes.

 

NON-SURGICAL

A day procedure. The balloon is inserted into your stomach orally using an endoscope.

TEMPORARY

The intragastric balloon is removed after six months. Aftercare continues following removal.

About the ORBERA® Managed Weight Loss Program

Dr McLeod utilises the ORBERA® Managed Weight Loss Program for your intragastric balloon procedure. This is a two-part program, that involves a medical procedure, as well as managed weight loss.

    1. A soft, intragastric balloon is placed in your stomach for six months. This encourages portion control.
    2. A customised diet and exercise program to support you in your new lifestyle and making healthy choices.

About the procedure

The intragastric balloon procedure is performed via gastroscopy under light sedation. The deflated gastric balloon is inserted through the oesophagus and into your stomach. A syringe is then used to fill the balloon, with a sterile saline solution, to about the size of a grapefruit. This usually takes around 20 minutes. For the first 6 months, you will undergo a weight management program with your treatment team. After 6 months, Dr McLeod will remove the intragastric balloon and your support team will continue to guide you toward making healthy lifestyle choices.

How much weight might I lose?

Any weight loss procedure is a tool, which must be supported by long-term adjustments to your diet and lifestyle. Clinical evidence suggests an average weight loss of 10-15kg over 6 months. However, every person and situation is different, and these results may not be typical in your case. Results will depend on your starting weight, as well as how well you adapt to lifestyle changes.

ORBERA® has been evaluated in approximately 230 global clinical studies. These show an average weight loss of 10-15kg in the 6-month time frame. There have been over 220,000 procedures performed worldwide across 20 years. With ORBERA®, 70 to 80 per cent of weight loss typically occurs during the first three months of treatment. Having a team of experts to help you overcome the challenges of retraining your appetite, adopting new nutritional habits, and establishing a reasonable exercise routine will be essential to meet your long-term weight loss goals.

Is this procedure the right choice for me?

The intragastric balloon is designed for people with a BMI of at least 27. Dr McLeod will help you determine, based on your BMI, lifestyle and goals the correct procedure (if any) for your unique physiology and needs.

Are there side effects?

Yes, there are risks associated with this procedure, which must be weighed carefully in every case.

The balloon insertion can lead to nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain. Medication will be prescribed to reduce side effects, but this may occur for 1-2 weeks after placement. Dr McLeod will discuss safety information for the ORBERA® procedure with you in detail and outline any other possible side effects with you. It is advisable to contact him if experiencing any severe or unusual symptoms.

Every weight loss procedure is a process

It is important to note that all weight loss procedures are a process. Your weight loss and overall health must be monitored by your doctor. Think of this process as your ‘head start’ – but know that the hard work will be all up to you – with the right support.

Got more questions on the intragastric balloon?

Contact Dr Garth McLeod to book in a no-obligation consultation to discuss all your options for weight loss based on your unique situation.
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