Intragastric Balloon

To find out more about this procedure follow the links below to our partner Phoenix Health

One of the more minor bariatric procedures is the intragastric balloon. Less invasive and performed under sedation, the procedure involves passing a tube into the stomach via the oesophagus (gullet) with a collapsed silicone balloon on the end. This is then filled with approximately 600ml of saline, meaning that your stomach is already partially full and only a small amount of food is needed to feel full. This in turn means you eat less and therefore will aid weight loss.

The balloon can only be left in place for up to 6 months, after which it must be removed as there is a risk it can begin to deflate and could leave the stomach, blocking the intestine. The goal at the end of the 6 months is to have trained you to eat less, meaning that even when the balloon has been removed the weight loss can be maintained. The procedure is sometimes used as a precursor to a more permanent procedure, helping severely obese lose weight in order to reduce the risks during the second operation.

Typical weight loss over the course of the treatment is 2-3 stones.

 

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.

    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you.

    Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our Reservations team can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant.

    Call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.
    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation.  This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

Our Consultants

  • Midhat Siddiqui

    MBChB (Bristol) 1983, FRCS ( Eng, Edin. & Glasg.), FRCS Gen.Surg.

    • Anti-reflux surgery
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Gastric Band
    • Gastric Bypass
    • Gastric Sleeve
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Intragastric Balloon
  • Mrs Kalpana Devalia

    MBBS MS FRCS (Ed) FRCS (Gen Surg)

    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Gastric Band
    • Gastric Bypass
    • Gastric Sleeve
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Intragastric Balloon
  • Professor David Kerrigan

    • Band on Bypass
    • Duodenal Switch
    • Gastric Band
    • Gastric Bypass
    • Gastric Sleeve
    • Intragastric Balloon
  • Mr Sanjoy Basu

    MS, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Glasg), FRCS (General)

    • Anti-reflux surgery
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Gastric Band
    • Gastric Bypass
    • Gastric Sleeve
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Intragastric Balloon