The body has a tendency to maintain a steady weight, but various factors can influence this. It is important to consider the various causes of weight fluctuations, not just to look at body shape or body weight in isolation; treating body weight as a symptom to be fixed, rather than a part of overall health and nutrition, is likely to lead to failure in the long term.
Although not a long-term treatment for obesity, an intragastric balloon is a great option for some people. With no incisions and no permanent changes to the body, it is completely reversible and does not interfere with other options in the future.
The intragastric balloon is placed endoscopically – with a flexible telescope, under a light anaesthetic – and stays in place for six months, as part of a twelve-month treatment program.
It is best suited for slightly to moderately obese people or those aiming for a short- to medium-term weight loss goal. It can cause significant discomfort and heartburn, particularly in the first few days, however it does not carry the same risks as weight loss surgery.