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Intragastric balloon

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Intragastric balloon

The surgeon may suggest you have a gastric balloon inserted. This is a silicone balloon which is fitted in the stomach via the mouth as a day case under light general anaesthetic. It is sometimes used to help a patient lose weight to make one of the other operations such as gastric bypass safer. It stays in place for 6 months. On average, patients lose 10-20% of their excess weight with the balloon.