GASTRIC BALLOON: HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT SURGERY? ORBERA VS ELIPSE
Which gastric balloon to choose: Orbera or Elipse ?
What is the success rate of weight loss balloon ?
The good results rate is around 80% of the treated patients. There is an average weight reduction of between 15 and 20 kg! The results depend on each patient and the proper follow-up. In some cases, even superior results have been achieved (up to 30 kg).
On average, the success of the balloon at removal (6 months after insertion) can be 34.5% EWL (excess weight loss), with a range of 7%–56%. Also, this option is more effective in patients with a BMI>40 kg/m2.
During the treatment, the patient will re-educate his eating habits to keep the weight loss after removing the balloon. If necessary, a multidisciplinary team will propose a program of weight loss maintenance.
Remember, the gastric balloon works but requires a commitment to a healthier lifestyle! Only in that way can you achieve and maintain its long-term effects.
As with weight loss surgery, the intragastric balloon may help improve your quality of life by addressing health conditions related to being overweight, such as:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease.
- High blood pressure.
- Coronary artery disease.
- High cholesterol.
- Obstructive sleep apnea.
- Type 2 diabetes.
- Osteoarthritis and general joint pain.
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
What kind of patients can undergo the treatment?
The gastric balloon procedure is ideal for patients who need to lose weight and have failed to do so with multiple diets and exercise. However, the patients must have the capacity to acquire new nutritional habits.
To undergo treatment, the patient must fulfill these requirements:
– Be 18 years old or older.
– Be willing to follow a supervised professional program.
Criteria according to Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Overweight and mild obesity cases with a BMI >30 kg/m2.
- Moderate obesity with BMI between 30 – 35 kg/m2.
- Some severe obesity cases with a BMI between 35 and 40 kg/m2 without associated diseases.
- In the case of patients with super obesity(BMI >50 kg/m2) who need to lose weight and improve their health before undergoing surgery.
In general, when BMI> 40 kg/m2, the best treatment is a gastric sleeve surgery or any type of bariatric surgery. However, in certain patients who reject surgery, a noninvasive treatment like this one can be used. Also, it can be seen as a jump-start in their weight loss journey!
No matter your case, the treatment is chosen according to the degree of obesity and general health status. Also, a personalized diet and exercise plan will help you take on a healthy lifestyle.
Are there any contraindications?
Not all patients would be good candidates for noninvasive weight loss procedures. There are absolute contraindications for the gastric balloon! The patient can’t have previous gastrointestinal surgery, the presence of a large hiatal hernia, or a bleeding lesion of the upper digestive tract.
Also, your doctor will advise against having this procedure if you suffer from a bleeding disorder, active alcoholism or drug addiction, and important liver disease.
Your doctor should also consider pregnancy, some medications, and psychiatric diseases.
How much does gastric a balloon cost?
The cost of the gastric balloon at Servidigest Barcelona clinic (Spain) is 4,800 euros. The price includes:
- First endoscopy.
- Preoperative exams.
- Balloon placement and removal.
- Medical supplies.
- All visits for one year to the multidisciplinary team of specialists.
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