Gastric Balloon Versus Bariatric Surgery

People who are ready to address obesity medically will find a number of options are now available. While some procedures call for surgical intervention, others do not. Doctors are finding, however, that many patients still prefer surgical intervention over less-invasive alternatives like the gastric balloon despite the unique benefits it can provide.

The gastric balloon procedure involves the insertion of a tiny balloon into the stomach using an endoscope. Once in place, the balloon is filled up with a saline solution to enable it to occupy much of the stomach’s space. This, in turn, promotes a sense of feeling fuller faster, much like a sleeve gastrectomy or bypass might. The difference is the balloon is temporary and only remains in place for about six months. That reason is precisely why some patients and their doctors still prefer surgical intervention, especially if obesity levels are severe or co-morbidities have presented.

While the balloon procedure does provide a viable, non-surgical way to jump start weight loss, patients will find the support it provides is fleeting. That means they have roughly six months to alter lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise routines to gain the maximum benefits.

Patients who undergo surgical procedures generally attain lifelong weight loss assistance. These procedures, however, are considered very invasive and demand an ongoing commitment on the part of the patient to produce maximum results. Patients must learn to eat much smaller, healthier meals to maintain weight loss, comfort and nutritional health. They must also be willing to exercise and take part in other activities designed to support their weight loss journeys.

Surgical and nonsurgical weight loss procedures can and do provide ways to help people address obesity-related concerns. To find out more, it is best to consult directly with a healthcare provider. The best procedure to pursue will hinge on specifics unique to an individual. For some people, the less-invasive balloon can be the perfect fit. Surgical intervention though is often best in cases where health is in imminent jeopardy.

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