There are so many strategies for weight loss, and it often happens that people get confused, not knowing which ones are the most effective in the long run. There are great surgical and non-surgical weight-loss options, but the most suitable choice for you depends on how obese you are and whether you’d like to go with an invasive or noninvasive program. Also, health insurance companies don’t cover a surgery of this type unless a patient tries to lose weight with a non-surgical approach. Let’s compare two weight-loss strategies, Obalon Balloon, and gastric band surgery.

Obalon Balloon System

The patient swallows three balloons in the form of pills attached to catheters. They are then inflated, taking up space in your stomach, reducing how much you can eat and making you feel full quickly. With a gastric balloon, you can learn portion control and regulate your diet. After six months, the balloons are deflated and removed.

The Obalon Balloon system is a noninvasive procedure, which is why people usually opt for it – it is comfortable, convenient, and delivers excellent results. People with BMI of 40 or more as well as those who have weight-related health problems are not suited for gastric balloon procedure.

Before its approval by FDA in 2016, the Obalon Gastric Balloon went through a clinical trial. The side effects of the balloon were discovered to be contained within the first few days after the placement of gastric balloons. They include discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and stomachache, and reported by only 7% of recipients. The side effects go away after the body gets used to the gastric balloon and you’ve started to eat solid foods.

Gastric Banding

Gastric banding is a type of laparoscopic surgery. By making small cuts in the belly, the surgeon places an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. The stomach becomes a pouch as the silicone band squeezes it, and can hold about an ounce of food. The results of gastric banding vary widely, and a patient might expect to lose about 35-45% of excess weight. Out of all invasive weight loss surgeries, gastric banding is the least intrusive and can be reversed (so the stomach can return to its standard size.)

Gastric banding surgery comes with a few side effects, including vomiting, nausea, and minor surgical complications (such as problems with device adjustment or minor bleeding.)

Average Weight Loss with Obalon Balloon

With the combination of exercise and diet, people can lose 20-30% of their excess weight (which is any weight over a BMI over 25.) The exact amount of weight loss will vary from patient to patient. Obalon Balloon system is most suited for patients who are not morbidly obese and want to recognize the negative impact of excessive eating and change their eating habits.

Average Weight Loss with Gastric Band

When compared to weight loss after gastric bypass surgery, weight loss with gastric band happens at a slower rate. During the first year, a patient can lose 2-3 pounds per week (but again, it depends on individual circumstances and the willingness to modify the previous lifestyle.) According to clinical trials, one can lose an average of 40% of the excess weight.

Whether you choose to go for gastric band surgery or Obalon Balloon system, you will need to commit to regular exercise, healthier diet, and other lifestyle changes that are necessary for maintaining your weight. If you are afraid or don’t want to undergo a surgical procedure, then Obalon Balloon treatments may be your best option. Contact Obalon Doctors for a free consultation and feel free to explore our website for additional information and explanations about the treatment we offer.

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