Choosing between two different weight loss solutions may be difficult for some. When choosing a weight loss solution, you also choose the side effects that may result from your choice. The Obalon Balloon and Lap Band are two weight loss solutions that share some common side effects but also have side effects unique to them. Both of these solutions deliver weight loss results but the amount of weight loss lost for both solutions depends greatly on the participation of the patient in the course of treatment. In this article, I will be reviewing the side effects and average weight loss with the Obalon Balloon and the Lap-Band so you may determine which one is right for you.

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What are the Side Effects of Obalon Gastric Balloon

The Obalon Gastric Balloon was approved by the FDA in September 2016 but prior to approval, there was a clinical trial. During the clinical trials, possible side effects of the balloon were discovered but also were contained within the first couple days after the balloon had been inflated. Some of these side effects include nausea, abdominal pain, and discomfort which were reported by seven percent of those participating in the trial. There is the possibility of the balloons leaking but this occurrence is extremely rare. After your body gets used to the balloon and you have started to eat solid foods again, the side effects go away in most cases.

Average Weight Loss With Obalon Balloon

The Obalon Balloon was designed the help people lose weight in a convenient and comfortable way. The Obalon Balloon, with a combination of diet and exercise, delivers optimal weight loss results. With the combination of diet and exercise, patients were able to lose twice as much weight than with diet and exercise alone. Weight loss occurs steadily throughout treatment but can still occur even after treatment. An average of 89% of the total weight loss was maintained for six months after the balloon was removed. Obalon is most suited for patients who have not had substantial prior results with diet and exercise alone. Obalon can help these patients achieve the weight loss results they desire.

Weight loss occurs steadily throughout treatment but can still occur even after treatment. An average of 89% of the total weight loss was maintained for six months after the balloon was removed.

What are the Side Effects of Lap Band Surgery

Lap Band Surgery has a low risk of surgical complications in comparison to other weight loss surgeries. Although Lap Band Surgery is proven to be a safe procedure, complications may still occur. The most common side effects such as indigestion, acid reflux, vomiting, and nausea are frequently associated with a lack of patient compliance and not the band malfunctioning. Other complications may occur including abdominal pain, bleeding, or infection. There is also the possibility the band may slip or erode in the stomach causing adverse effects. Following your surgeon’s instructions for before and after the procedure will significantly reduce the probability of complications or side effects.

Average Weight Loss with Lap Band

Weight loss results with Lap Band Surgery is at a slower rate in comparison to weight loss after gastric bypass surgery. A patient can lose 2-3 pounds a week during the first year, but it depends on the patient’s willingness to modify their lifestyle. They must be willing to change their eating habits and commit to regular exercise. During the clinical trials, approximately 40% of the excess weight was lost but some patients were able to lose much more. Successful Lap-Band patients will continue to maintain weight loss well into year two and continue into year three with the right lifestyle changes. Lap Band patients see improvements in their health, appearance, and energy levels even if they do not reach their ideal weight range.

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