In a word: very. Gastric balloons are a well-respected method of medical weight loss in the UK, utilised by consultant surgeons and gastric enterologists alike for their patients. With obesity on the rise, this non-surgical and temporary method assists patients by helping them feel fuller for longer. This is accomplished by occupying 60% of the stomach, delaying gastric emptying, and repressing the hunger hormone (ghrelin). If used properly, a gastric balloon is an incredibly useful tool for weight loss and one that we are happy to be CQC registered providers of.
Weight Loss Expectations
Weight loss depends of variety of factors. There are several models of gastric balloon available in the UK. At Allure we specialise in placing the Orbera 365 and the Allurion Balloon. In respect to weight loss, patients can typically expect an average reduction of around 10 – 18% with the Orbera 365 and 10 – 15% with the Allurion Balloon. Every patient is different and success depends on a variety of factors, including overall dedication to the Allure Weightloss Programme.
The two gastric balloons differ most drastically in length of placement and method of placement. The Orbera 365 is FDA approved to stay in the stomach for up to 12 months, and requires an endoscopic procedure at placement and removal. The Allurion Balloon is placed via a swallowable capsule and is designed to deflate and pass at around the 16 week mark. There is also a matter of the gastric balloon recovery diet, with the former being longer than the latter. All medical weight loss procedures with Allure are accompanied by a celebrated aftercare programme.
Gastric balloons should be treated as a tool to support weight loss and must be worked with for optimum results. Gastric balloons facilitate the chance for habit change by allowing patients to feel fuller for longer.
Alternative Medical Weight Loss
If you were looking for a longer lasting solution, bariatric surgery may be for you. Although much more ‘drastic’ than a gastric balloon, that is because bariatric surgery in non-reversable. At Allure we offer the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and mini gastric bypass. With these procedures a patient can typically expect to lose around 70% of their excess weight as measured over a two year period.
Allure Patient Testimonials
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