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The intragastric balloon for 6 months is the ideal companion for effective weight loss.

A reliable support system is important to achieving a healthy lifestyle. The 6-month intragastric balloon will help support a change in your eating habits as you find the right portion size and develop a more positive awareness of your body’s needs. It naturally reduces the absorption capacity of your stomach, ensures a faster feeling of fullness and helps you achieve your desired weight and better lifestyle. While individual results may vary, patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27 or higher can use the intragastric balloon to lose up to 3,5 stone in just 6 months.


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Advantage #1

Effective results. Noticeable weight loss from day 1. Experience this for at least 6 months.

Advantage #2
Complete discretion. The intragastric balloon is a non-surgical treatment. No incisions. No scars. 

Advantage #3
Flexible. The balloon can be removed at any time.

Advantage #4
The intragastric balloon offers a great safety profile compared to weight loss surgery. It scores with its low risks and manageable side effects.

at a glance

Duration of the procedure

approx. 20 minutes

Type of anesthesia

semi-conscious sedation


day-case procedure

Pain level

very low




after 3-4 days


6 months


from £ 4,250

How it works: 6-month intragastric balloon

The function of the intragastric balloon is quite simple: it reduces the capacity of your stomach to help you feel satisfied with smaller portions. As a result, your overall consumption decreases, but without experiencing the hunger attacks of conventional diets. In principle, the intragastric balloon is a temporary stomach reduction method – only without surgery and the associated complications. In combination with a program tailored to your individual needs from our weight loss experts, your gastric balloon acts as a coach to guide you towards a more balanced lifestyle. You will quickly see that your achievements motivate you to continue. Your task: use your intragastric balloon to develop habits you can maintain after the 6-month treatment.

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The 6-month gastric balloon procedure explained

The 6 month intragastric balloon is a great temporary and minimally invasive way to start losing weight. The first step is a detailed consultation with our specialist doctors to discuss the treatment. If you decide to have the procedure, the uninflated intragastric balloon is inserted into your stomach via endoscopy. Once in place, the intragastric balloon is filled with saline solution and takes up a considerable amount of space in the stomach, promoting a feeling of fullness.

The procedure is carried out as a day case, takes about 20-30 minutes and is performed under light sedation. After spending about 1 hour in the clinic for observation and recovery, you should be discharged home. It is normal for there to be an initial period of recovery as the stomach adjusts to having the balloon around, with discomfort, nausea and changes in eating and drinking habits to be expected. The Weight Doctors team will prepare you and your balloon for this period.

Over the course of 6 months, you’ll work with your intragastric balloon to make changes to your lifestyle and eating habits. Our team of weight loss specialists will be available to support you throughout this program. After six months, you’ll have an appointment to have your balloon removed. This is an outpatient procedure under sedation and takes no longer than the time it took to insert the balloon.

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How you benefit from this treatment

No surgical intervention is needed within the scope of the 6-month intragastric balloon treatment, making the therapy flexible and low in risk. 

Weight Doctors are the market leaders in the field of minimally-invasive treatments to support excess weight and obesity. All the products we use meet the highest medical standards, fulfill the European CE identification and guarantee the greatest possible safety and comfort for you, our patient.

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“The classic intragastric balloon is the ideal solution for patients who have tried different conservative methods of weight loss but have failed to make the progress they desire.”

Experience really matters

Undergoing weight loss treatment is a big decision, often patients have considered it for years before taking the plunge. 

For a long time patients were presented only with surgical options for obesity. Whilst these options can be good, they are also invasive. Weight Doctors® recognised early on that a large potion of weight loss patients are generally healthy with a BMI lower than 50. A minimally invasive, yet powerful procedure suits these patients perfectly. 

Weight Doctors® were amongst the first European specialists to provide Endoscopic treatment for weight loss and have grown to be the largest with centres across UK, the Netherlands, South Africa, Germany and beyond. Not only that, Endoscopic treatment is our speciality and passion. 

Working with International experts such as Dr Devinder Bansi, Professor Karl Miller and Professor Thomas Hoelting soon saw Weight Doctors® at the cutting edge of endoscopic treatment and performing cases in high volume. 

Now ESG sits alongside traditional surgical weight loss methods, is approved for use within the NHS and attracts around 10'000 patients each year. 

With all this said, ESG is an intricate procedure only to be performed by experts who carry out the procedure routinely and with an excellent clinical team. At Weight Doctors®, patients can be confident of this expert team, alongside excellent clinical facilities and industry leading aftercare. Read more about the 12 best reasons to choose Weight Doctors®.


In comparison to conventional weight loss methods, the intragastric balloon will help you feel fuller for longer, eat less and increase your chances of losing weight effectively – without the need for surgery or diet pills. When the 6-month gastric balloon program is combined with positive changes to lifestyle and eating habits, you can expect to lose up to 3,5 stone within 6 months. Our weight loss experts are there to support you throughout your program.

The intragastric balloon is particularly suitable for patients over 18 years of age who are overweight (BMI of 27 or more), or have initial stage obesity and who are motivated to undertake medically assisted weight loss therapy. Depending on your weight and BMI, different intragastric balloon products and treatment durations are available. Our Weight Doctors experts are happy to make a recommendation during your individual consultation.

Patients start their weight loss journey from different sizes and BMI. Ultimately, weight loss will vary depending on starting weight, physical ability and commitment to change. You should be ready to commit to lifestyle and behaviour modification (diet and exercise) to maximise weight loss results with the intragastric balloon. 

Typically, we see patients lose 2 – 3 stones before stabilising and learning to maintain this weight loss. Many patients have achieved considerably higher weight loss with this treatment. You’re not alone! The Weight Doctors team are here to support and provide advice to to achieve the best possible results with this treatment.  

The intragastric balloon is a very safe, non-surgical treatment inserted in a short and gentle endoscopy. Patients will be discharged home after an observation period of around an hour and will commence a modified diet to help the balloon settle in the stomach. You can expect to go about your daily activities in a normal fashion whilst the balloon is in place – including all kinds of physical exercise. The most usual sensation reported is a feeling of fullness or heaviness in the stomach.  

It will take a few days for your stomach to get used to the new balloon in place. This may cause an upset stomach, discomfort, nausea and vomiting. In most cases, these symptoms will pass after 3-5 days. The intragastric balloon will then give you a quicker feeling of satisfaction and reduce the feeling of hunger. 

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