Heliosphere Balloon

Exclusive to Gastric Balloon Group, the Heliosphere balloon is a non-surgical weight loss solution. Inserted endoscopically through the mouth, this balloon is filled with air, taking up space in the stomach and promoting a feeling of fullness during meals. No hospitalisation is needed, and the balloon stays in place for 6 months until it’s removed endoscopically. 

Fully inflated with air, the Heliosphere balloon weighs just 10g and its lightweight design helps to minimise side effects, giving a more comfortable experience than traditional saline-filled balloons. You can resume normal activities quickly after implantation for a convenient and effective approach to weight management.

Awarded with the Allurion Centre of Excellence
Industry Leading GMC/IMC Consultants
Dedicated In-house specialist Aftercare Team
24/7 dedicated support
via our APP
We Have Helped Change the Lives of Over 5000 Patients

The Procedure

The Heliosphere placement is a quick and easy treatment that can be completed as a day case, allowing you to resume your daily activities immediately with little downtime required. Fully inflated with air, the Heliosphere balloon weighs just 10g.

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 air, the balloon is detached and the tube is removed. You will be in 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.

Play Video

80% of individuals aren't successful at long-term weight loss when losing 10% of initial body weight and maintaining the loss for at least 1 year3

What we offer

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

Heliosphere 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

Gastric Balloon 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

Helena

Lost 2 Stone

“I’ve never lost 2 stone on my own, because it is slow for me, but the balloon was a constant reminder to not give up and to keep pushing.”

Margaret

Lost 2.1 Stone (10.2%)

“I would definitely recommend this procedure if like me you get to that point where you are determined to lose the weight.”

Richard

Lost 4.2 Stone (18%)

“From The First Phone Call, Everything Was Cracking.. Life just gets better when you’re not carrying that weight.”                                 

Kate

Lost 3.7 Stone (19.2%)

“I certainly have no regrets about my decision on choosing the swallowable Elipse balloon and I wouldn’t change a thing!”

Frequently asked questions

The balloon is 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 air 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 from person to person but most people say they can’t feel the balloon as such, rather a feeling of fullness in their stomach.

With the air-filled Heliosphere balloon, you will feel no weight or heavy pressure in your stomach. Weighing just 10g rather than the typical 450g of a saline filled balloon,  Heliosphere offers a more comfortable experience with the potential for fewer side effects

We know that when you decide to have a gastric balloon procedure, you want to start your journey as quickly as possible. Although the gastric balloon is a safe non-surgical procedure, it is still a medical procedure with strict eligibility criteria and contraindications. We are asked whether the consultation can be on the day of the procedure and even whether a consultation is required at all. We need you to see a doctor at consultation to ensure there is nothing in your medical history that would suggest the balloon is not a suitable option. Depending on clinic and consultant availability, we can normally book you a consultation in about a week and then we just need to leave a minimum of 7 days between consultation and procedure to give you time to consider your decision and for us to complete your booking administration.