Gastric Balloon

Gastric Balloon at Duchy Hospital

What is a gastric balloon?

A gastric balloon, also known as an intragastric balloon, is a short-term non-surgical weight loss tool.

It is a soft silicon balloon that is temporarily inserted into your stomach to partially fill it so that you feel full quicker after small amounts of food. It reduces your hunger allowing you to control your portion sizes and can be used as a stepping stone on the path to weight loss success. It offers a weight loss solution to help patients to kick start their lifestyle changes. By using dietary advice you can learn healthy eating habits and change your lifestyle so that you can lose weight quickly and keep the pounds off long-term. Sometimes it is used when the patient’s BMI is not high enough to justify surgery.

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Gastric Band

Adjustable gastric banding / gastric band (sometimes known as a lap band) is a restrictive bariatric surgical procedure. A silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch above the band, that is about the size of a golf ball. This forms a large pouch below the band.

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Gastric Bypass

There are several variations of a Gastric Bypass. The most common procedure in the UK is the Roux-en-Y, also known as RYGB. It is a combination of restrictive and malabsorptive procedures, therefore has a two-way weight reducing effect. A small pouch is created by stapling off a section of the upper part of the stomach. Below the staple line the stomach will remain but no food will enter here.

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Gastric Sleeve

Gastric sleeve surgery is a restrictive procedure only. Two thirds of the stomach is resected and removed, leaving a smaller stomach in the shape of a sleeve. The portion of the stomach removed produces a hormone that stimulates appetite and hunger. Removing this portion of stomach results in a significant reduction in appetite.

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Gastric Bypass Failure

Gastric bypass revision surgery (Roux-en-y gastric bypass failure) - how it works, what's involved, procedure, benefits & risks

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