Gastric Balloons

Gastric Balloon

6 & 12-Month Gastric Balloons

CQC Registered Providers - Rated Good

Gastric Balloon Placements in the UK

The gastric balloon is a non-surgical weight loss tool that helps patients tackle hunger and make lasting lifestyle changes. As CQC registered providers with a GOOD rating, we dedicate ourselves to providing patients with the correct knowledge and assistance they need to make an informed decision as to proceeding with a gastric balloon.

Gastric balloon placements typically take between 20 – 30 minutes to perform and are overseen by one of our consultant surgeons and doctors. We have 10 clinics across England and Wales, each dedicated to gastric balloon placements and weight loss surgery, meaning you don’t have to travel far to be seen.

Allure patients are required to have a BMI of at least 30 for an Orbera 365 or BIB gastric balloon. All procedures with Allure have ongoing dietitian and nurse support in the form of our dedicated aftercare service.

Improve Weight Related Health Conditions with Help from Allure

After a successful balloon placement, most patients experience long-term weight loss as they continue to keep to their new, healthier way of life. Gastric balloon treatments are known to help improve many obesity related health problems (also known as comorbidities) such as: diabetes, sleep apnoea, issues with mobility, hypertension, respiratory conditions (such as COPD), metabolic disorders, high blood pressure, and more.

Talk to us today about a gastric balloon treatment.

'It was such a comfort knowing you have this great support behind you in what is not the easiest journey, but one I would highly recommend. '

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Non-Invasive & Non-Surgical Gastric Balloons

Filled with a saline solution, the Orbera 365 and BIB require both an endoscopy and only a light sedation.

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What is a Gastric Balloon?

The 6 and 12-month gastric balloons help you lose weight quickly in the same way. A gastric balloon procedure suppresses your appetite by temporarily taking up space in your stomach and reducing the production of ghrelin, the hunger hormone.

On average, our patients will lose 10-15% of their body weight, with the help of our dietitian’s lifestyle and diet advice. The gastric balloon is a weight loss tool that helps you make changes to your lifestyle allowing you to lose weight quickly and effectively.

the orbera 365 12 month gastric balloon with endoscopic placement device

Common Gastric Balloon Side Effects

In the first few days after placement, most patients will feel unwell. We recommend taking 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 may be prescribed medication to help alleviate this as much as possible.

Gastric Balloon Eligibility Requirements

The Food and Drug administration (FDA) recently increased the minimum BMI eligibility for gastric balloons from 27 BMI to 30BMI.

Certain medical conditions and or treatments can rule you out for a gastric balloon, for example any form of previous bariatric surgery and Crohn’s disease would make you ineligible, to name a couple. Our team of Orbera 365 and BIB gastric balloon specialists will be able to discuss this with you in further detail.

Our Gastric Balloons


The BIB Gastric Balloon (6-Month Balloon)

FDA Approved

The BIB 6 month gastric balloon is a weight loss balloon that stays in your stomach for up to 6 months, where it suppresses your hunger and leaves you feeling fuller for longer. This weight loss tool helps you to change your diet and lifestyle habits with the support of our team of HCPC Registered Dietitians.

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 Surgeon that has been handpicked for their knowledge and expertise in their field. 

The BIB requires a BMI between 30 and 50 for placement.

The Orbera 365 Gastric Balloon (12-Months)

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 it is no longer necessary to maintain your weight loss. Orbera patients can typically expect a total body weight loss of between 10-18% on average.

We offer extensive diet and lifestyle habit support from our weight loss team. Weight Counselling is also available at an extra cost if you need it.

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

Our GMC Registered Consultants

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

Gastric Balloon Cost

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Our balloons start from £4550 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

A gastric balloon placement with Allure Weightloss includes a unique Aftercare Programme, complete with Nurse and HCPC registered Dietitian Care, with the opportunity to have a weight counsellor at an extra cost.

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.

Gastric Balloon Consultations with Allure

The first step towards your gastric balloon weight loss journey begins with getting in touch.  Simply call 0845 528 0647 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.

2: Sallet JA, Marchesini JB, Paiva OS et al. Brazilian Multicentre Study of the Intragastric Balloon. Obesity Surgery 2004; 14:991-998.

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. 

Not sure you qualify?

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

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