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What is the Obera Intragastric Balloon?
The intragastric balloon is a non-surgical, temporary procedure where a ‘balloon’ device is placed into the stomach for 6 months. It is a relatively quick, non-surgical, endoscopic procedure.
The intragastric balloon is inserted endoscopically through the mouth, then the oesophagus and placed directly into the stomach. It is then filled and left in situ for up to 6 months.
This system is indicated in those with a BMI of 30 and over. Importantly those who have had stomach previously may not be suitable. Also as an elective and cosmetic weight loss procedure, patients cannot access their superannuation to fund this procedure.
- Under heavy sedation, the balloon is inserted endoscopically via the mouth.
- The balloon is guided into the stomach.
- The balloon is filled.
- The endoscope is removed and the balloon is left for up to 6 months.
- Expected weight loss is around 10 to 15kg in 6 months
- Possible side effects may include nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain
- Patients cannot access their superannuation to fund this procedure
Other weight loss surgery procedures
You should have access to all surgical options, as determined by your unique needs. Both surgeons are highly experienced general surgeons with sub-specialty training in bariatric and upper gastrointestinal surgery. Both trained in high-volume specialist bariatric centres in Brisbane as well as interstate and overseas.
This means they are able to perform the full range of weight loss surgeries, as well as revision surgery. It’s about determining which procedure is right for you and your body.
Your surgeon will perform your weight loss surgery at the Mater Hospital in Pimlico. While your chosen surgeon will be your primary surgeon, both surgeons will attend. This means you get the unique benefit of two qualified specialist surgeons during your operation
Frequently asked questions about weight loss surgery
- Dr Benedict Mackay or Dr Garth McLeod's surgical time and a second surgeon assisting
- The anaesthetist’s fee
- Hospital fees
- Medications, such as pain relief
- Follow up consultations
- Ongoing support from dietitians, exercise physiologists, psychologists and other allied health professionals
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