12 Month Gastric Balloon UK

Orbera 365 Gastric Balloon Clinic

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CQC Registered Providers

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Orbera 365: The 12 Month Gastric Balloon UK

The Orbera 365 is a 12 month gastric balloon UK weight loss tool that is placed in the stomach endoscopically under light sedation in order to help patients lose an average of 10 – 18% of their total body weight. As leading providers of the 12 month gastric balloon in the UK, we are dedicated to the highest levels of patient aftercare. Our programmes are supported by GMC registered Consultants at the top of their field, completed with the support of nurses and registered dietitians. The Orbera 365 is the FDA approved gastric balloon and requires a minimum BMI of 30 and maximum of 50 to place.

What is FDA Approval and Why is it Important?

The FDA stands for the United States Food and Drug Administration, and FDA approval is widely considered the gold-standard for medical devices across the globe. This is due to the extremely high standards that the FDA demand before marking a product safe for consumers. The Orbera 365 is the only FDA approved gastric balloon currently available for up to 12 months of placement. 

No Incisions, No Scarring, Non-Surgical Weight Loss Balloon

The Orbera 365 journey begins with a soft silicone intragastric balloon. This 12 month gastric balloon UK option is temporarily inserted into the stomach without surgery and is designed to create a feeling of fullness after meals. This is widely considered a celebrated and successful alternative to bariatric surgery.

This 12 month weight loss ‘tool’ is designed to stay in your stomach for up to 12 months. You can, however, arrange to have the balloon removed at any point beforehand at no extra cost. 

Whilst in place, the Orbera 365 works by occupying 60% of the stomach, where it delays gastric emptying and reduces production of the hunger hormone known as ghrelin. This is an endoscopic gastric balloon procedure that has been available for 20 years. It is considered safe and effective by consultants and governing bodies across the world.

Patient Centred Care for 12 Month Gastric Balloon UK Placements

Allure Weightloss are CQC registered providers. Our ethical and transparent practices are highly informative and structured, lending to the supported success that our patients experience whilst on their respective weight loss journeys with us. With twelve clinics across England and Wales, we are quite literally well placed to help turn your weight loss goals into a reality. The cost of an Orbera 365 with Allure is £4750 (0% split-finance option available). 

Plan Your 12 Month Gastric Balloon UK Journey

Below you can find an informative overview of what a typical Allure Patient would expect from an Orbera 365 placement with Allure.

As gastric balloon specialists, our team of medical weight loss providers will be by your side every step of the way, providing the necessary support for success in the form of our outstanding Aftercare programme. This includes 1 – 1 support with Allure Nurse, Haley, as well as from our HCPC registered dietitian. We are also pleased to be able to offer additional support in the form of Weight Counselling with Dr Mark Bruce (at an extra cost).

Interested in how the 12 month gastric balloon UK is placed? Discover the method behind this successful weight loss tool by viewing the above video. 

Orbera 365 placements require a BMI of between 30 and 50.

12 Month Gastric Balloon UK on a white Table

Orbera 365 Procedure

Overseen by GMC Registered Consultants

The Orbera 365 12 month gastric balloon is inserted in a deflated state during an endoscopic (via the mouth) procedure. Once inside the stomach, the balloon is immediately filled with sterile salt water through a small filling tube (catheter). 

Keeping Patients Comfortable

The patient will be lightly sedated whilst our clinician uses the endoscope to pass the deflated gastric balloon into the stomach. The balloon has a self-sealing valve and once filled the catheter is gently removed. At this point, the balloon will be too large to leave the stomach without medical assistance.

The whole process normally takes just 20-30 minutes! The patient will then rest in the clinic for around 2 hours for observation before being discharged.

Placement Day

We always tell patients to wear comfortable clothes and shoes to the placement centre. Likewise, it is advised to bring a friend or member of the family for support. 

Once the 20 – 30 minute procedure is complete you will require to stay for an extra couple of hours for observation. This is for your safety. Once discharged by a consultant, you will be free to leave but should not drive for 24 hours. 

Patients should stick to cold liquids in small amounts and increase the volume when they feel able. If a patient drinks large amounts before the 12 month gastric balloon placement there is a higher risk of nausea and vomiting. 

Most importantly, try to stay calm and relaxed. By the point of placement you will have had numerous in-depth discussions about the procedure and should feel well-informed. 

It is good to remember that the 12 month gastric balloon UK procedures are safe and considered relatively simple by those consultants that perform them. It is, of course, famously non-surgical and delivered by our independently registered CQC clinics.

Consultant Surgeon Mr Madhok Discusses Gastric Balloons

Orbera 365 Week 1: Full Fluid Diet

The first few days are likely to feel uncomfortable as the stomach gets used to the presence of the Orbera 365. The patient may experience nausea, vomiting, bloating, diarrhoea and cramping until the body adjusts. These symptoms are typically experienced for the first few days and potentially up to about two weeks after the placement of the gastric balloon.

Our HCPC registered Dietitian will provide strict instructions for a hydration regimen during this period. In the days that follow it is critical that the patient drink plenty of water and avoid eating any solid foods. Patients should remember that the symptoms experienced are completely normal but should feel free to contact our team should they have any ongoing questions or concerns. It is crucial that you answer the phone to your nurse in those first few days.

Orbera 365 Week 2: Pureed, Soft and Solid Foods

The stomach is starting to adapt to the 12 month gastric balloon UK. So, this a time when it’s important to ‘listen’ to the body. The transition from puree to solid foods should take approximately one week, but a patient should only progress when they can tolerate the next stage of foods comfortably. 

If a patient has any further concerns during the first two weeks of placement, they shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch with their support team.

Day 1-2

In order to allow your stomach to adjust to the balloon, stick to cold fluids ie water, juice and broth, for the first day or two

Days 3-7

Once simpe fluids are tolerated well, you can begin to introduce different fluids such as protein shakes, yoghurt drinks, skimmed milk and weak coffee or tea (preferably decaffeinated)

Week 2

During the first 2-3 days in week 2 we would expect you to be on semi-liquid food (Purees) and be incorporating soft solids towards the second half of week 2.

3+ Weeks

By the time week 3 comes around, we can expect you to have started introducing solid foods into your diet, introducing them one at a time, eating slowly and chewing your food very well.

The First 6 Months with the 12 Month Gastric Balloon UK

After the first two weeks, the body will have adjusted to the Orbera 365 12 month gastric balloon UK, and the patient should now be following a regular nutrition plan. All patients will enjoy support from our dietitian. 

Remember, the 12 month gastric balloon is only a ‘training tool’, like stabilisers on a bike. The Orbera 365 system provides patients a window of opportunity wherein they can adapt to the lifestyle changes that they must make in order to maintain an ideal body weight.

Success will ultimately depend on how committed the patient is to adopting the principles of good health into daily life. Our dietitian will guide you through the aforementioned nutrition regimen with calorie restrictions. 

After six months most patients feel comfortable with what they have learnt and are able to use the balloon for a further six months as a reminder of the discipline they must put in place to achieve their healthy and realistic weight loss goals.

12 Month Gastric Balloon UK Removal Day

At 12 months (or perhaps even earlier), the Orbera 365 will be removed. Similar to placement, the gastric balloon removal takes around 20 – 30 minutes. The balloon will be punctured and the sterile water sucked up through a catheter. Once deflated, the balloon will be removed endoscopically. 

Following removal, very few people experience any side effects, but our doctor will keep the patient in the clinic for a couple of hours so that any sedative effects have a chance to wear off and they can be sure the patient is fit to travel. We always recommend bringing a friend or family for support. 

Furthermore, just like at placement, the patient will not be able to drive for 24 hours due to the lasting impact of the sedation.

At the end of your Orbera 354 journey, our team will invite you to leave a testimonial outlining your experience with Allure. All of our current patient testimonials can be found here.



12 Month Gastric Balloon Eligibility

The Orbera 365 12 Month Gastric Balloon UK System is a 'tool' to help you take control of weight and give you the kick-start to a healthier lifestyle. Studies show that patients who have undergone the Orbera System procedure are more likely to maintain their weight loss over a longer period of time than compared to diets alone.

Patients must have a BMI of between 30 and 50 for an Orbera 365 placement.

In addition, there are certain medical reasons which may mean you are not eligible for treatment with the Orbera 12 month gastric balloon UK. These may include:

Book Your 12 Month Gastric Balloon UK Placement

Speak with the Allure Weightloss medical specialists today in order to book your consultation for the 12 month gastric balloon UK placement. Simply call 0345 512 0094 now, or email info@allureweightloss.com. Alternatively, feel free to fill out our enquiry form below.

12 Month Gastric Balloon UK 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 12 month 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 much weight can I lose with the 12 month gastric balloon in the UK?

  • Average weight loss is bertween 10-17% of your body weight. It is important for you to understand that the balloon is a tool to aid weight loss and must be used in conjunction with diet, exercise, and a behavior modification program. The amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how closely you follow your diet and adopt long-term lifestyle changes. The ORBERA and BiB® clinical study has shown that weight loss varies from person to person. On average, patients lost 3.1x the weight of those that were on a diet and exercise program alone. In the US clinical study patients lost an average of 21.8 lbs.*

What happens if the ORBERA® balloon leaks or deflates in the stomach?

Orbera has been used in over 277,000 cases and reviewed in over 230 published global clinical papers, and a balloon deflation or leak is a very rare event. However, if the balloon should spontaneously deflate, you may no longer feel full after eating. If you suspect this may be the case, notify your Specialist immediately. A simple abdominal x-ray can determine whether either has occurred. If it has, your Specialist will arrange to remove the deflated balloon.

Will I gain the weight back after removing the ORBERA® balloon?

Published clinical studies of ORBERA® have shown that, provided you keep to the prescribed diet and exercise regime, you will maintain weight loss through dieting post-removal. So, if you stick to your new, healthy lifestyle you will be well on the way to maintaining your weight loss.

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 doctor may prescribe medication to help minimize these potential effects. Patients will need to immediately contact their physician for any severe or unusual symptoms.

Do I need to prepare for removal?

 You will be required to take clear fluids only for 2 days prior. You will then be nil by mouth from midnight the night before. This is to ensure your stomach is empty. If food is found your removal will be abandoned and a fee will apply.

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.