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Gastric Balloon/ BIB

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>    What is the gastric balloon or BIB?
>    What is the cost of a gastric balloon?
>    How is the gastric balloon insertion carried out?
>    How is the gastric balloon removal carried out?
>    What is the recovery from a gastric balloon insertion?
>    How long does the gastric balloon stay in the stomach?
>    What are the benefits of the gastric balloon?
>    What are the risks of the gastric balloon?
>    Watch the gastric balloon insertion video.
>    Why choose Harley Street Bariatrics?.

The Gastric Balloon/ BIB

What is the BIB or gastric galloon? Back to top

The BioEnterics Intragastric Balloon (B.I.B.) is a saline-filled silicone balloon with a radiopaque valve that can be seen on x-rays. The more common name is the gastric balloon. This particular type of bariatric treatment is viewed as a non-surgical weight loss treatment or a “scar free” weight loss treatment.

This alternative to surgery is best suited for individuals with a BMI between 28 and 30 and who have had failed attempts of losing weight through dieting and exercise in the past.

Once the gastric balloon is filled with saline inside the stomach, it will create a feeling a satiety thus fullness and decrease hunger cravings. In general, the gastric balloon occupies one third of your stomach thus supporting a diet of eating more but much smaller portions.

What is the cost of a gastric balloon? Back to top

At Harley Street Bariatrics, we offer surgeon/consultant lead care packages. Meaning the patient has constant and unlimited access to their surgeon for follow up appointments and advice throughout the whole treatment and weight loss journey.

Exact costs are given after your first consultation and medical assessment with the surgeon. The all inclusive cost of the gastric balloon is £6,500. 

The costs will vary in accordance if you would like to stay extra nights at the hospital or may request other extra medical care out of the scope of the package.

To find out more, please feel free to contact us.

How is gastric balloon insertion carried out? Back to top

The bariatric surgeon will use an endoscopic camera to scope the stomach before the procedure. The Gastric Balloon is inserted deflated through the mouth and into the stomach. The procedure can either be done under a local anesthetic with mild sedation or a general anesthetic. The swallowing process is facilitated with a local anesthetic to numb the throat. Once the balloon is placed in the stomach, it is inflated with saline (salt water) to occupy 1/3 of your stomach. A dye is used in the saline solution, usually blue, which will change the colour of your urine in the unlikely event that the balloon ruptures or leaks. Once filled, the surgeon will remove the catheter attached to the balloon which has a self-sealing valve. At this point, the balloon is floating freely in the stomach.

This procedure is done between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Under a local anesthetic, the patient is admitted at the hospital as a day case and is discharged in the afternoon after a few hours of observation. Under a general anesthetic, the patient is admitted with an overnight stay. At Harley Street Bariatrics, we are able to offer patients the choice between a local and general anesthetic in accordance to their needs or preferences.

How is gastric balloon removal carried out? Back to top

The gastric balloon is removed the same way it is inserted, through the mouth. The bariatric surgeon inserts a catheter through the mouth and into the stomach. Once it is in contact with the gastric balloon, the surgeon will puncture and deflate the balloon. Once the balloon is deflated it can be grasped and removed safely.

This procedure is done in 20 to 30 minutes. Under a local anesthetic, the patient is admitted at the hospital as a day case and is discharged in the afternoon after a few hours of observation. Under a general anesthetic, the patient is admitted as a daycase as well. At Harley Street Bariatrics, we are able to offer patients the choice between a local and general anesthetic in accordance to their needs or preferences.

What is the recovery of a gastric balloon insertion? Back to top

The first few days will be uncomfortable as the stomach needs to adjust to the presence of the balloon. The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, bloating, diarrhoea and cramping until your body adjusts. These side effects are common and should be expected.

We usually recommend taking one week off to this adjustment period when you will be in close contact with your surgeon and dietitian.

How long does the gastric balloon stay in the stomach? Back to top

The balloon stays in your stomach for 6 months which by then you should have reached your ideal weight and taken steps to a healthier lifestyle. The balloon needs to be taken out because of the gastric juices in the stomach that break down your food. It is retrieved through the mouth after being deflated under a local anaesthetic at the hospital.

What are the benefits of the gastric balloon? Back to top

  • Non-surgical alternative to weight loss surgery.
  • Choice of a general anesthetic or a local anesthetic with sedation.
  • Can be done quickly and relatively painlessly with no scars.
  • Quick recovery.
  • Non-permanent weight loss treatment, completely reversible.
  • Suited for lower BMI, between 28 to 30.

What are the main risks and complications of the gastric balloon? Back to top

All surgeries carry risks. The experience and skill of the surgeon plus careful screening of each prospect can significantly lower these risks.

  • Leakage or bursting of the balloon
  • Ulcers (rare)
  • Rupture or bleeding in the oesophagus or stomach during insertion
  • Gastric side effects: acid reflux, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea (these are usually temporary and improve within 3 days of the insertion)

Gastric Balloon/BIB Placement Video  (watch the video) Back to top

Below is an animated video demonstrating the non-surgical insertion of the Gastric Balloon also known as the BIB.

Why choose Harley Street Bariatrics? Back to top

  • We offer surgeon/consultant led care, meaning you have unlimited access to your surgeon either it be face to face, via email and/or mobile. Our caring weight loss surgeons aim to not only offer their expertise in surgery but also a supporting environment for each patients to reach their potential. They believe weight loss surgery is only a tool and that weight loss is a journey that requires constant support.
  • We perform all of our weight loss treatments, both surgical and non surgical, in specialized private hospitals in London, UK. Meaning, the hospitals and staff are experienced in supporting our weight loss surgeons by offering local and easily accessible medical care.
  • We have hand-picked experienced bariatric surgeons.  Performing both NHS and private operations, our weight loss surgeons have extensive experience and expertise in performing all types of bariatric treatments, including the gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve weight loss surgeries. Their passion in bariatrics is demonstrated through their yearly research, development, peer reviewed publications and attendance of prestigious national and international conferences.
  • We use the highest quality medical products, meaning all of our bariatric surgeons use Allergan®, the world’s leading supplier for the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System and the BioEnterics® Intragastric Balloon also known as the BIB®.
  • We use the latest models of the SPATZ adjustable gastric balloon, SPATZ 3®.
  • We provide post-operative care for overseas patients who had surgery elsewhere either is be gastric band infills or a gastric balloon removal. Our experienced surgeon aim to care for all patients with the same level of care and support to reach their weight loss.

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