Existing weight loss procedures can help with weight reduction in various ways. But which one is the most suited for you? What kind of weight issues do you have? Do you know the benefits of different weight loss procedures? We have compiled a comparison between Obalon Balloon System and Duodenal Switch, focusing on the processes, complexity, benefits and side effects.

Obalon Balloon System

Obalon Balloon is noninvasive, and that’s typically the most persuasive reason for people that choose to go with it. It not suitable for morbidly obese people (BMI 40 or more.) Obalon Balloon means that the procedure will be as convenient and comfortable as possible, as the balloon that gets implemented in your stomach is there to make you feel full quicker. Once you get into the habit of eating less, and with a combination of diet and exercise, you can lose twice as much weight than you would with diet and exercise alone.

In the case of the Obalon Balloon procedure, the patient gets a gradual placement of three gastric balloons over three months (balloons come in the form of small capsules attached to catheters.) You swallow a pill, and then the doctor inflates it to a size of a little orange. After six months, all three balloons are removed.

Obalon Balloon system is best for people with a BMI below 40, who haven’t had any weight-related health problems (i.e., high blood pressure, type II diabetes, or respiratory/sleep apnea problems.) The following six months after the balloon had been removed, you need to maintain 89% of the total weight loss.

With the Obalon Balloon procedure, you will avoid surgeries and hospital stay. Common side effects are noticed for a few days after balloon placement and may include nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting.

Duodenal Switch

Unlike gastric balloon placement, the Duodenal Switch is a complex procedure. Also known as Bilio-Pancreatic Diversion (BPD-DS), it includes a weight loss induction by an intestinal bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. The result of the surgery is decreased absorption of food – the surgeon removes about 60-70% of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a tube (gastrectomy). Then, the surgeon divides the lower intestine further downstream, bypassing the two-thirds of the intestine and leaving just a few feet where digestive enzymes and food meet. Duodenum (the first part of the intestine) is divided and attached to the ileum (the lower portion of the small intestine).

As for the side effects, you should be concerned about malnutrition and may experience frequent foul-smelling stools and diarrhea, while infection and stomach leak are rare. Your doctor will advise you how to ward off the potential side effects.

The two weight-loss procedures differ in complexity and are designed for different people. Duodenal switch is an invasive surgical procedure that brings excellent long-term weight-loss results. But if your BMI is below 40 and you want to build better habits regarding your diet and exercises and shed those excess pounds naturally, then contact Obalon for Obalon Balloon procedure.

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