Gastric Balloon & Banding

Obesity is a weight condition associated with having excess body fat which is defined by genetic and environmental factors that can be difficult to control when dieting. Obesity increases your risk of developing related conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnoea, to name a few. Many individuals are affected by obesity and are not aware of it.

The GI Unit are experts in weight loss treatment and use the latest and innovative procedures such as a weight loss balloon and gastric band to help with problems caused through obesity. Our two specialist weight loss Consultants are Mr Abuchi Okaro and Mr Majid Hashemi are vastly experienced and extremely successful in helping patients lose the weight they desire.


Gastric Balloon & Banding

Treating Obesity

Obesity is a weight condition that is associated with having excess of body fat which is defined by genetic and environmental factors that can be difficult to control when dieting. Obesity increases your risk of developing related conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea, to name a few. Many individuals are affected by obesity and are not aware of it. The preferred methods of treatment at the GI Unit are through using a gastric balloon or gastric band. These methods are tried and tested and can achieve excellent results alongside your commitment to a healthy eating and exercise regime.

Gastric Balloon

How The Gastric Balloon Works

The Gastric Balloon System takes up space in the stomach. This restriction will lead to patients getting full quicker during meal times and as such reduced portion sizes achieved per meal. This remains the primary factor contributing to weight loss. With the input and guidance of our nutritional team changes in meal choice and preparation aim to establish long term healthier eating habits for patients. The balloon system is temporary and is removed after 6 months.

The gastric balloon does not involve surgery or any long-term drug therapy.

About The Gastric Balloon Procedure

Procedure Duration: 20 minutes from start to end

The procedure takes place in the endoscopy suite,  a custom designed suite that comprises of two treatment rooms and recovery areas for patients to rest while the sedative wears off. A mild sedative is administered so that you are comfortable during the procedure.  Once you are sedated, a tube (endoscope) is inserted down your throat to your stomach.  The endoscope has a light and camera so the consultant can view and carefully control the endoscope via a monitor.

Once the endoscope is in position in the stomach, the balloon is inserted, via the tube.  Saline solution is pumped down the tube into the balloon which is then sealed.  When the consultant is satisfied with the size and position of the filled balloon, the endoscope is extracted. You will then be moved in to a recovery bay until you are fully awake following the sedative.  Once you are dressed, you can move to our private waiting room.  A staff member will discharge you.  At this point, you may still be feeling a little groggy from the sedative so driving is not recommended.

There may be a feeling of discomfort and sickness in the first few days as the stomach adjusts to the balloon and clinicians and dieticians will guide you through the first two weeks from a puree diet back to solids. The discomfort will ease towards the end of the first week and you should be ready for a regular nutrition plan after a fortnight. The success of the gastric balloon is dictated by your commitment to a healthy eating and exercise regime.

Clinically Proven Results

Clinical studies have shown clear results after six months with a research study in Brazil in 2004 recording average weight loss of 33lbs (15kg or 2st 5 lbs) among 323 patients while a European project in 2005 found that 2,515 patients lost an average 44lbs (20kg or 3st 2lbs).

Gastric Balloon Cost – 6 months – £3,995

Breakdown:

  • Dietitian – £250
  • Surgeons Fee – £700
  • Hospital Fee – £3,045
  • Removal of balloon after 6 months

Included:

  • Gastric Balloon Insertation
  • Gastric Balloon Removal
  • 3 x appointments with Dietitian
  • Follow up with Consultant

Excluded:

  • Consultant consultation fee charged at £200 separately
  • Urgent Care Centre follow up
  • Pathology/Histopathology
  • Radiology
  • Additional Hospital admissions
  • Additional appointments to those listed above with the clinicians involved
  • Appointments made with these clinicians at different hospitals other than HJE

Length Of Stay:

Price covers a day stay only.

Please Note:

Price covers standard procedures only, more complex procedures are excluded from this package.

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Gastric Balloon Cost – 12 months – £4,995

Breakdown:

  • Dietitian – £500
  • Surgeons Fee – £1,050
  • Hospital Fee – £3,445
  • Removal of balloon after 6 months

Included:

  • Gastric Balloon Insertation
  • Gastric Balloon Removal
  • 6 x appointments with Dietitian
  • Follow up with Consultant

Excluded:

  • Consultant consultation fee charged at £200 separately
  • Urgent Care Centre follow up
  • Pathology/Histopathology
  • Radiology
  • Additional Hospital admissions
  • Additional appointments to those listed above with the clinicians involved
  • Appointments made with these clinicians at different hospitals other than HJE

Length Of Stay:

Price covers a day stay only.

Please Note:

Price covers standard procedures only, more complex procedures are excluded from this package.

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Dietitian Top Up Appointment Package – £250

Includes:

  • 3 x appointments with dietitian only

Gastric Balloon Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our FAQ page to find out more about the gastric balloon and how it can help you.

Gastric Band

Gastric banding is a sHurgical procedure fitting a band around the upper part of your stomach. It is usually only recommended as a last resort for people with a BMI of over 40, or those with a BMI of between 30-40 who also have a condition that poses a serious health risk, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. Gastric banding can be used as a way of helping you to lose weight by controlling the amount of food that you eat.

Gastric Band Adjustments

Once the gastric band is in place it can be adjusted externally at any time by a surgeon, made tighter or looser, depending on the amount of food your surgeon wants to restrict you from eating, but the band remains permanently within the stomach. The gastric band can be removed if required. At The GI Unit Mr Majid Hashemi offers gastric band tightening as an outpatient service. Mr Hashemi is vastly experienced in weight loss surgery and is able to see any patient with a gastric band regardless of if the gastric band was fitted by himself or another Consultant.

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