Balloon weight loss treatment on offer at Leeds hospital

Carly Thompson

Carly Thompson

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A Leeds nurse has slimmed down thanks to a new weight loss treatment which involves swallowing a specialist balloon.

Spire Leeds Hospital in Roundhay is one of the first in the UK to offer Obalon, a gastric balloon which is inflated to the size of an apple once in the stomach.

Once in place, patients feel fuller, faster and with a healthy diet, the three-month treatment can kick start weight loss.

Carly Thompson, senior staff nurse at Spire Leeds Hospital, lost 2st 6lbs in 11 weeks, her BMI dropping from 33 to 28.

The mum-of-two said: “I’ve lost a further 7lbs since having the device removed and plan to lose another stone and 4lbs.

“I feel confident I will reach my goal, as I have definitely changed my whole attitude to food, eating healthier options and smaller portions.”

The Obalon balloon is for those with a BMI of 27 or over and is administered by swallowing a capsule during an outpatient appointment.

Following 30 days in the stomach, a second balloon can be swallowed if needed.

After 12 weeks all balloons are removed via an endoscopy.

Carly, 37, added: “I didn’t hesitate with going ahead as portion size was an issue for me, and knew I could treat the three months it was in place as a chance to change the way I eat.

“My sessions with the dietician helped me to realise the bad habits I had developed, I’ve also started excercising, something I’ve never really done before and am enjoying Zumba and classes at the gym.”

Abeezar Sarela, consultant bariatric surgeon at Spire, said: “I am very excited about the potential Obalon can offer patients who do not qualify for weight loss surgery but are struggling to lose weight and improve their health independently.”