PRIVATE SECTOR LEADS WAY WITH FAT BALLOON IMPLANTS - POSSIBLE CURE FOR OBESITY Wednesday 5 September 2007 PDF Print The Hospital Group are one of the first medical organisations to provide what are referred to as “balloon implants” - a new revolutionary weight loss treatment, ignored by the NHS, which could save thousands suffering from the effects of obesity and its associated diseases. The Hospital Group, the UK’s leading provider of weight loss surgery, are set to insert silicone balloons into the stomachs of people who are over weight with a BMI of 30+ - making them eat less, feel full and re-learn eating habits over a period of six months. The procedure is already popular in the States and experts are predicting it could provide the answer the Britain’s obesity crisis. Recent research shows that almost one in four adults are now regarded as obese and two thirds as being overweight. As demand for weight loss solutions grow, The Hospital Group predict that the gastric/silicone balloon could be the long awaited answer for short term weight loss. It is not, however, recommended for the morbidly obese – which Government watchdogs point as the reason why the NHS is turning a blind eye to such an effective weight loss treatment. A new study from Brazil showed that patients who had this revolutionary treatment lost almost half their excess weight and with the gastric balloon suffered no side effects. The gastric/silicone balloon is a non-invasive way of reducing the size of the stomach. A balloon is put in under sedation and the patient suffers only mild discomfort. Most patients say they don’t even feel that it is there. The objective of the balloon is to re-educate the patient about food and their relationship with it. If patient starts to gain weight again they may require a gastric band or bypass. The gastric/silicone balloon is designed to act as a form of portion control allowing patients to lose weight whilst maintaining a healthy balanced diet. Silicone balloon prices start at £3,950. For more information contact The Hospital Group, website: wwwthehospitalgroup.org or call: 0800 135 3055 Press Note: we do not have case studies yet as this proceedure is only being introduced through The Hospital Group this week. Interviews can be arranged with The Hospital Groups Surgeons and or representative from the Company Media contacts: Ian Vicary & Russell Hawkins EP 11- 29 Fashion Street London E1 6PX Tel: 020 7539 5525 Fax: 020 7100 6090 This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of The Online PR Company Ltd (MHA Ltd) in the following categories: Men's Interest, Health, Women's Interest & Beauty, Medical & Pharmaceutical, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.