Gastric Balloon

4, 6, & 12 Month Gastric Balloon UK Clinics

CQC Registered Providers

Gastric Balloon Placements in the UK

The gastric balloon is a non-surgical weight loss tool. This medical device helps patients tackle hunger and make lasting habit changes. As CQC registered providers of this weight loss tool – a fantastic alternative for those not looking to have bariatric surgery such as the gastric sleeve or gastric bypass – we dedicate ourselves to providing patients with everything they need to make an informed and measured decision. The non-surgical gastric balloon is available in a variety of models. 

Gastric balloon placements typically take between 20 – 30 minutes to perform and are overseen by one of our specialist consultants. We have 12 (and counting) clinics across England and Wales, each dedicated to gastric balloon placements, meaning your patient advisor can help you get seen as close to home as possible.

As with any medical procedure, eligibility criteria does apply. For example, Allure Patients are required to have a BMI of at least 27 for an Allurion Balloon placement and a BMI of at least 30 is necessary for an Orbera 365. All procedures with Allure are completed by dietitian and nurse support in the form of our dedicated aftercare service.

Improve Weight Related Health Conditions with Help from Allure

After a successful Orbera 365 or Allurion Balloon placement, patients typically experience long-term weight loss as they continue to keep to their new and healthier way of life. Poignantly, our gastric balloon programmes are known to help improve many obesity-related health risks (also known as comorbidities) such as: diabetes, sleep apnoea, issues with mobility, hypertension, respiratory conditions (such as COPD), metabolic disorders, and more.

Speak with a specialist and book your gastric balloon consultation

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Non-Invasive & Non-Surgical Gastric Balloons

Filled with a saline solution, the Allurion Balloon comes in the form of a swallowable capsule, whereas the Orbera and BiB require both an endoscopy and anaesthetic. Whichever is your choice, you will be seen at one of our placement centres by an experienced consultant.

Don’t Wait to Lose Weight, Avoid NHS Lists with Allure Clinics

With three gastric balloons to choose from, Allure patients not only experience the recorded benefit of the placement itself, but also our Aftercare programme. The balloons available through Allure include the 4 month, 6 month, and 12 month options. 

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What is a Gastric Balloon?

The 4, 6, and 12 month gastric balloons all serve the same purpose: they effectively suppress your appetite by occupying a significant amount of  space in your stomach. Our patients experience a total loss of 10 – 15% of their body weight (on average), and with the help of registered dietitians, are coached into how to effectively keep the weight off. It is by complying with our state-of-the-art weight loss programme that sees our fantastic results, which is why we always say that you should view the balloon as a weight loss tool, rather than an ‘absolute’ solution. If you have the will to change, a gastric balloon may be all you need to push you in the right direction. Whether you are simply looking to lose weight or tackle the more complicated aspect of the comorbidities associated with obesity, Allure Weightloss could help.

the orbera 365 12 month gastric balloon with endoscopic placement device

How Does a Gastric Balloon Work?

Our selection of non-surgical gastric balloons work by temporarily taking up space in the stomach (around 60%), thereby suppressing their appetite. Whilst in place they also delay gastric emptying and suppress production of the hunger hormone known as ghrelin. Combined with dietetic care, Allure Weightloss are able to provide a recipe for weight loss success with each placement.

As touched on, all placements with Allure Weightloss are overseen and conducted by experienced GMC registered Consultants, handpicked for their professionalism and expertise.

Common Gastric Balloon Side Effects

In the first few days after placement, it is only natural to feel unwell, which is why we encourage our patients to take a little time off work in order to accommodate the process of your body adjusting to life with the balloon. These short-term side effects include vomiting, nausea, and stomach cramps. You will be prescribed medication to help alleviate this as much as possible. At Allure Weightloss, your health is our primary concern, which is why you will be supported by our nurse before and after your procedure.

Gastric Balloon Eligibility Requirements

You must have a BMI of at least 27 for the Allurion Balloon and 30 for the Orbera 365 (don’t worry if you don’t know it, our team can help), and have no contraindications. Due to the nature of the 4 month balloon, with it passing naturally at around 16 weeks, you may have had an operation that means you are unable to have it but would be fine for the 6 or 12 month gastric balloon. Our support team of Patient Advisors will be able to work through all of this with you.

Our Range of Gastric Balloons

The Orbera 365 12 Month Gastric Balloon UK

FDA Approved

Similar to the 6 month gastric balloon, the Orbera 365 requires two visits to one of our placement centres for placement and removal. You may have the 12 month gastric balloon in place for up to 12 months, with early removal available if you feel as though it is no longer necessary to maintain your weight loss. You will have dietetic care with the Orbera 365 programme, and access to our support team. As with the other two balloons, Weight Counselling is also available at an extra cost, should you feel as though you need it. Orbera patients can typically expect a total body weight loss of between 10 –  18% on average.

The Orbera 365 requires a BMI of 30 – 50 for placement.

The Allurion Balloon (4 Months)

CE Approved, Awaiting FDA Approval

Famed for being swallowable, only requiring one visit to a placement centre, the Allurion Balloon allows patients a way to avoid the endoscopy and anaesthesia of our other gastric balloon options. The Allurion Balloon lasts for around 16 weeks, where it will work to limit your feelings of hunger and enable you to make the necessary lifestyle choices to maintain your weight loss. At around 16 weeks the balloon will release the solution and pass naturally.  

With the swallowable gastric balloon, patients can typically expect to lose 10 – 15% on average. This figure is with support from our dietitians and nurses, who help individuals create habits for long-term success.

The Allurion Balloon requires a BMI of between 27 and 55 for placement.

The BIB 6 Month Gastric Balloon UK

FDA Approved

The BIB 6 month gastric balloon is just that, a gastric balloon that stays in your stomach for 6 months, wherein it will suppress your hunger and leave you feeling fuller for longer. With support from our dietitians, you will be expected to work with the balloon to change your dietary habits and lifestyle as a whole. The 6 month gastric balloon will require two visits to a placement centre, one for placement and another for removal, each conducted by a GMC registered Consultant that has been handpicked for their knowledge and expertise in their field. 

the BiB requires a BMI of between 30 and 50 for placement.

Our GMC Registered Consultants

Balloon placement in the UK is undertaken by handpicked consultants. You will be assigned a specialist consultant depending on the location of your placement. All our consultants are selected because they are at the top of their field.

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Our balloons start from £4200 with 0% split-finance options over 6 months, available with a 50% deposit. Find more information relating to the cost of all our gastric balloon programmes below or get in touch with a member of our team.

Bespoke Gastric Balloon Aftercare Programme

The Allure Weightloss Gastric Balloon Programme includes a unique Aftercare Programme, complete with Nurse and HCPC registered Dietitian Care (and even the chance to book in a weight counsellor at an extra cost). As much as any part of the programme, it is important you comply with the aftercare in order to make those essential lifestyle and habit changes that will help you to keep the weight off!

Our high levels of private gastric balloon care ensures patients get to make the most out of some of the most exciting medical weight loss tools available in the United Kingdom. 

Gastric Balloon Consultations with Allure

The first step towards your gastric balloon weight loss journey begins with getting in touch.  Simply call 0345 512 0094 or email info@allureweightloss.com now and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, fill out our gastric balloon enquiry form below.

Gastric Balloon FAQs

What is a gastric balloon?
A gastric balloon is a non-surgical and short-term (temporary) weight loss device. A smooth, soft saline-filled balloon (about the size of an grapefruit) is placed in your stomach, allowing you to control your portion sizes by filling space in your stomach. By following professional health and wellness advice, you can adopt good healthy eating habits and change your lifestyle so you can lose weight quickly and keep it off long term.
Are gastric balloons safe?

Gastric balloons have been used in the management of obesity for over 20 years. Over this time they have evolved in shape, size, and design resulting in a modern, durable product, which is now well established as a safe weight loss procedure. Over 277,000 ORBERA® balloons have been placed worldwide.

How do gastric balloons help people lose weight?
Once in place, the gastric balloon is filled with saline to partially fill the stomach so that they may consume smaller portions of food. Most weight is lost in the first three months, but because the gastric balloon stays in for six months, you will learn the right amount of food to eat to maintain your new weight long term.
What are the possible side effects associated with the gastric balloon?
It is very likely that the presence of the balloon in the stomach will cause nausea or vomiting after placement. In some patients it may last one to two weeks. Your HCP may prescribe medication to help minimize these potential effects. Patients will need to immediately contact their physician for any severe or unusual symptoms.
What is body mass index (BMI)?
The most widely used measurement for obesity. The BMI approximates body mass using a mathematical ratio of weight and height [(weight in kg ÷ height in meters) or (weight in pounds ÷ height in inches x 703)]. A BMI of 30 or more is regarded by most health agencies as the threshold for obesity. A BMI of 40 or more generally qualifies as morbid obesity. However, note that BMI measurements in body-builders and athletes may not be accurate determinants of obesity because the BMI does not distinguish between muscle and fat.

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3: Genco A, Bruni T, Doldi SB et al. BioEnterics Intragastric Balloon: The Italian Experience with 2,515 Patients. Obesity Surgery 2005; 15:1161-1164.

Calculate Your BMI

You can use our Calculator in order to determine your BMI, or use the NHS BMI Calculator.

How is body mass index (BMI) measured? 

An individuals BMI is calculated by using the following formula: 

BMI = Weight (kg) / Height (m)²

You must take your weight in kilograms, divide it by your height in meters, and then divide it a second time by your height in order to determine the correct body mass index. 

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If you still aren’t sure, a member of our team will be able to help.

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