Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery

Gastric Balloon

What is a Gastric Balloon?

If you have been struggling with your weight, but would prefer to avoid surgery, then the gastric balloon could be the solution for you.  The balloon is made from soft silicone and is about size of a grapefruit.

When in the deflated state, an endoscope is used to pass the balloon through your mouth and into your stomach.  It’s then filled with around 500-700ml of saline and remains in place for 6-12 months, when it is removed – again endoscopically.  The procedure (both implantation and removal) takes around 20-minutes and is carried out as a day-case.

At Auralia we use the ORBERA® balloon which has been in use for at least 20-years and has a wealth of clinical studies to support it.  The implantation and removal procedures are shown in the animations here:

Am I eligible for the gastric balloon?

Eligibility is based on a variety of factors but as a guide, a gastric balloon could be suitable for you if your BMI is over 27 and below 50. Its important to note that if you suffer with regular heartburn/reflux, the gastric balloon is unlikely to be an option for you, but this can be discussed with you by contacting our team. In addition, many patients who are considering surgery decide to try the gastric balloon first, with the option of proceeding to a surgical intervention at a later stage if needed.

If you would like to discuss the gastric balloon with one of our advisors, contact us or give us call on 01 612 0551. We are here to help!