BIB Balloon

The BIB Balloon is a non-surgical weight loss solution designed to help individuals achieve their weight loss goals without permanent surgical intervention.

Through a simple, minimally invasive procedure, the BIB Balloon is placed in the stomach, providing a feeling of fullness and reducing hunger. With its unique self-sealing design, the balloon remains securely in place for six months, offering a safe and effective approach to sustainable weight loss. Throughout the treatment period, patients receive ongoing support and guidance from healthcare professionals to optimise their weight loss journey. 

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The Procedure

The BIB procedure is a quick and easy treatment that can be completed as a day case, allowing you to resume your daily activities with little downtime.

You will be admitted as a day case patient at your chosen hospital and taken to an endoscopy suite. You will be semi-conscious throughout the 20-minute procedure but sedated for your comfort. It is not a general anaesthetic. The consultant will check the health of your stomach with a camera. Then using an endoscope (long tube), the soft deflated balloon slides through your mouth, down your throat and into your stomach. Once filled with saline (salt water), the balloon is detached and the tube removed. You will be in the hospital for 3-4 hours,  there is no overnight stay. As you have been sedated, you won’t be able to drive so you’ll need someone to take you home.

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What we offer

With 15 years of expertise, we’re dedicated to guiding you through every stage of your weight loss journey.

BIB Gastric Balloon

Your package includes everything you need to get the best outcome from your gastric balloon journey

personalised Support

Our registered Dietitians, Health Coaches and support team are here to help you achieve your weight loss goals

App Access

Change your habits and relationship with food with on-demand classes on diet, fitness, mindfulness and habit change

Orbera365 Reviews

Don’t just take our word for it, we’re proud to share the stories of our real patients, who achieved their goals with us

Anya

Lost 2.3 Stone (30.8%)

“Overall, this entire process has changed me into a better person. It has given me a new perspective on life and more importantly, how I look at myself.”

Julie

Lost 6.3 Stone

“I’d 100% recommend anyone considering having this procedure done to definitely go ahead with it. My apprehension was totally dissolved..”

Michelle

Lost 2.7 Stone (13.2%)

“My whole experience from calling up the Gastric Balloon Group for information, to having the balloon inserted and the aftercare has been second to none!”

Nicola

Lost 4 Stone (26%)

“The staff were lovely, Mr Riera, the surgeon, fantastic chap ”                                                                                                                

Frequently asked questions

The 6 and 12-month balloons are placed in the stomach during a 15-20 minute procedure. You will be conscious but sedated so won’t feel any discomfort. The deflated balloon is inserted into your stomach through your mouth (endoscopically). When the balloon is in the stomach it is filled with saline (sterile salt water) and the tube is removed. You will remain in the clinic for observation until the doctor discharges you.

The time it takes to recover after a gastric balloon differs from person to person and will depend on how quickly your body adjusts to the balloon. Generally, you should plan at least three days of rest to recover from the procedure before you resume normal activity.

You will be on clear fluids only for the first few days after your procedure as you go through the period where your body is adjusting to the balloon and you are likely to be vomiting or feeling nauseous. During this period, remember to keep hydrated. Following the dietary regime as advised by the patient support team and the balloon will help you to reduce your portion sizes. There are no particular restrictions as to what you can eat or drink although, for lasting success with the balloon, this is the time to evaluate your eating habits and try and reduce the amount of alcohol, high fat and high sugar foods in your diet.

The balloon is punctured and emptied and the deflated balloon is removed through the mouth. Again you will be conscious but sedated so won’t feel any discomfort. You will remain in the clinic for observation until the doctor discharges you but this is usually only for a very short time. You should not experience any side-effects other than a possible sore-throat for a day or two.

This can differ but most people say they can’t feel the balloon as such, rather they have a feeling of fullness or heaviness in their stomach. Some patients say however that when they engage in vigorous activity e.g. running, they can feel some movement. There is no discomfort, just a different sensation.

How much weight you will lose and how quickly varies from person to person and will depend on how well you adapt to the gastric balloon and how much you are prepared to adjust your lifestyle, eating habits and activity levels. Experience has shown, however, that 70-80% of weight loss typically occurs during the first three months of treatment.