Free Information Evening to Curb Ballooning Weight Problems

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By abullen2 at 12:42 on 07/02/14

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People in Bristol and across the South West looking to lose weight can quiz weight loss specialists this month for free.

Taking place at 6.30 pm on 11th February at Spire The Glen Hospital Bristol, the event will focus on a revolutionary new weight loss treatment - the Obalon Balloon. This balloon is available for the first time in the South West, exclusively at the Weight Loss Surgery Clinic at the Spire Hospital, Bristol.

Designed for people with a BMI over 27, the new procedure is a non-invasive option for weight loss.

The technique is safe and easy as patients simply swallow a capsule the size of a vitamin. Once in the correct position, the capsule is inflated to form a balloon the size of a large apple which floats at the top of the stomach.

The procedure takes just ten minutes to complete and leaves the patient with a sense of fullness and an ability to feel satisfied with smaller portions of food.

Most importantly, the Obalon Balloon has few, if any, side effects. Once the balloon is in place people can start to make healthy changes to their lives that will help them keep the weight off long-term.

To help people to maximise weight loss during the 12 week balloon placement, they will receive support to make key changes by way of a newly developed on-line support programme and reduced fee gym membership.

After 12 weeks patients lose an average of 17lb and the balloon is removed in a simple procedure.

At the event consultant Bariatric Surgeons Ms Sally Norton and Mr Justin Morgan will be on hand to answer any questions people may have, and help them to decide whether the procedure might be suitable for them.

Sally said: "A report this week disclosed that over half of Bristolians are now overweight so it's unsurprising that we've already had a high number of inquiries about the new Obalon Balloon procedure since it launched at the beginning of the month. We're holding this event to give people all the information they need.

"The new procedure is a good option for patients who do not qualify for, or do not want, the more invasive weight loss surgery, but are struggling to lose weight and improve their health independently.

"It can give patients an initial weight-loss boost and with the right ongoing support it can also help to change their eating behaviour - which is needed to maintain a healthy weight over the long-term."

Places are limited so to reserve a free space people should call 0117 980 4080.

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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