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Gastric balloon surgery

Take control of your weight without invasive surgery or drugs, with gastric balloon surgery.

What is gastric balloon surgery?

Gastric balloon surgery is a type of weight loss surgery. BMI Healthcare use the BIB system ™ for gastric balloon surgery. It is a medically supervised system that will help you take control of your weight without invasive surgery or drugs.

The gastric balloon surgery works by helping you to feel full, thus reducing the urge for food, whilst you undertake a weight loss programme with the help and support of our team of doctors and dieticians.

How does the surgery work?

The gastric balloon is a soft, silicon balloon that is inserted into the stomach and filled with sterile saline. The balloon is designed to partially fill your stomach, giving you a feeling of fullness. It will not only make you feel less hungry, but feel fuller more quickly after small meals. The balloon is removed after 6 months.

Experienced weight-loss professionals will consult with you and design a programme to help you successfully reach and maintain your weight loss goals. Your team will be there every step of the way with encouragement and support. During regularly scheduled meetings with your dietician or nurse you will learn the principles needed to manage your weight and promote long-term health.

How do I know if the BIB system is right for me?

If you have a BMI of 30 or more, the BIB system ™ gastric balloon surgery could be the solution for you. But please remember, this is only a guide. Our team of experts will give you a comprehensive health assessment based on your body mass index together with other relevant health factors.

What is the recovery like?

With this form of weight loss surgery you should be able to go home the same day of the operation. You will need to attend follow-up appointments with your doctor, dietician and patient support groups. The gastric balloon is then removed after six months.

Are there any potential complications?

As with all surgeries, there are potential complications involved. Specific complications can include:

  • Gastric discomfort
  • Abdominal pain
  • Minor bleeding
  • The balloon rupturing (this is rare and would usually pass through the bowel naturally)

How do I find out more?

Our team of advisors can help you book an appointment with one of our consultants.

Specialists Offering Gastric balloon surgery

Mr Samer Humadi

Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal & Bariatric Surgeon

MBChB, DIC, MSc, FRCSI, FRCS (General Surgery)

BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital 1 more BMI The Runnymede Hospital

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Mr Shaw Somers

Consultant General & Gastrointestinal Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRCS, MD

BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Mr Shashidhar Irukulla

Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal & Bariatric Surgeon

MBBS, FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Gen.Surgery)

BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital 2 more BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital BMI The Runnymede Hospital

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Mr Rajab Kerwat

Consultant Laparoscopic & Gastrointestinal Surgeon

MBBCh, FRCS(Eng), FRCSEd, FRCS (Gen Surg)

BMI The Blackheath Hospital 2 more BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital BMI The Sloane Hospital

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Mr Robert Stuart

Consultant General Surgeon


BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Ways to pay

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Pay for yourself

Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and 6 months' aftercare

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Pay with health insurance

We are widely recognised by health insurers. Ask your insurer about your cover and for an insurer pre-authorisation code

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Spread the cost

Pay for yourself with the BMI card and spread the cost over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)

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