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Is The Gastric Balloon an alternative for the Gastric Band?

Gastric band or gastric balloon?

There are many occasions when people want to lose weight, or need to lose weight for medical reasons who can not qualify for gastric band or gastric sleeve operations because they have a BMI below 35.  It is now possible however for those people to elect for a gastric balloon.

What is a gastric balloon?
An Intragastric Balloon is a non-surgical operation which is designed to help people to lose weight when they have a BMI below the normal threshold for gastric band surgery. The procedure involves inserting a non-fixed saline solution filled silicone balloon in to stomach. This has the effect of reducing the eating capacity and calorie intake of the person. Initially, whilst the patients is under a minimal dose of anaesthetic the gastric balloon is introduced to the stomach through the oesophagus in a deflated condition. Once the surgeon is happy that the balloon is correctly placed inside the somach it is filled with the solution. This whole process takes around 20-30 minutes.

When can the Gastric Balloon be fitted?
They can be fitted to people with a BMI between 27 and 35 who need to lose  betwen 10-15kg reasonably quickly. The fitting of a gastric balloon is also suitable in cases where the person does not want to undergo surgery for medical or other reasons.  Normally gastric band surgery is only offered to patients with a BMI of Over 35, however, for some people who need to lose weight for medical or other social problems they can now have this alternative fitted. The person must be suitably motived to be able to follow a strict diet regime following surgery.

What are the benefits of the gastric balloon over the gastric Band?
The benefits of this type of surgery is the lower cost when compared to the more expensive full surgical procedures such as the gastric band or the gastric sleeve.  The gastric balloon typically remains inside the stomach for approximately 6 months. The targeted weight loss is generally expected to be in the region of 10-15kg. Pateints are then expected to maintain at least a further 6 months weight loss program following the removal.

How Much Does Lap Band Surgery Cost? - Nurse's Guide

How Much Does Gastric Band Surgery Cost?

If you've come to the time and place where you think your weight gain is out of control and have tried dozens of ways to lose weight and failed, you may be considering lap band surgery or adjustable lap band surgery. gastric banding has become more popular and is reversible compared to gastric bypass surgery but does come with risks.

First of all you have to meet certain requirements even to be considered for lap band surgery.

    have you tried to lose weight by normal methods such as exercise and diet plansAre classed as obese according to your BMI (Body Mass Index)

    do you suffer from any medical conditions which would make surgery difficult or dangerous

    Are you generally fit enough to undergo surgery

    are you sufficiently motivated to benefit from a gastric lap band

    has your doctor or consultant recommended you for this type of surgery

As with any type of surgery there is always a risk of problems post operation and these factors must be taken in to account by yourself and the surgeon prior to any surgery being considered.

There could also be strong medical reasons why you could be refused surgery.  For example if you suffer from any heart conditions or have a family History of Heart conditions then you may find it difficult to find a surgeon willing to undertake the surgery.

If on the other hand your consultant decides that you are suitable for surgery then you must agree to certain conditions before and after the surgery. F or example you will be required to a very strict diet for a short period prior to the surgery. The surgeon will usually give you a diet plan to follow with a target weight you must attain. this serves two purposes, firstly to be certain the you can follow a diet plan, and secondly to make sure that you can eat certain foods which you will need to eat following surgery.

Bariatric Surgery is a fairly simple process in terms of surgery because it is carried out laprascopically which means there is no major surgery involved. the recovery times are very fast and the post operative care is quite minimal from the surgeons and the patients point of view.

Following surgery the patient will be required to attend regular clinics to have the gastric band filled or adjusted. This is a minor inconvenience when you compare it to the Benefits being seen every day.

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