There is another option for you to lose weight if you’re not prepared to undergo bariatric surgery: the Gastric Balloon in Mexico.
The Intragastric Balloon, or gastric balloon, is inflated in the stomach to make the patient feel full and create restrictions similar to what you would find in the gastric sleeve and gastric banding.
There are several leading intragastric balloons, including Orbera, Spatz, and ReShape Duo. Currently, Tijuana Weight Loss Surgery offers the two leading gastric balloons: Orbera and the Spatz.
How Does the Gastric Balloon Work?
The procedure takes no more than 30 minutes and can be in place for three to six months. The Intragastric Balloon, or the Gastric Balloon, is a non-surgical procedure. The process begins by inserting a deflated soft, silicone balloon through the mouth and placing it inside the stomach.
The balloon is then inflated with air or liquid to a volume of about 500ml, thus reducing a patient’s stomach capacity. This restrictive technique, which provides a smaller stomach capacity, allows patients to feel fuller faster and helps reduce their caloric intake.
The Gastric Balloon is:
- Non-surgical: The balloon is inserted orally into your stomach in a fast and efficient manner.
- Non-invasive: This procedure requires such mild work that many can go home the same day.
- Temporary: The balloon only remains within the stomach for six months before removal.
Why choose the Gastric Balloon?
An intragastric balloon is a great option because of its lower BMI requirement. With weight loss surgeries, many surgeons require patients to have minimum body mass indexes (BMIs) of 35 or even 40. With the gastric balloon, patients can undergo the procedure with a BMI of only 27, allowing more patients to be suitable for this procedure.
Sometimes bariatric surgeons require candidates with high BMIs to lose weight to reduce any potential complications while undergoing a bariatric procedure. Patients who need to lose a significant amount of weight can jump-start this process with the intragastric balloon procedure. They can then remove the balloon and proceed with a more aggressive procedure when the physician is satisfied with the weight loss.
Weight-Loss Results of the Gastric Balloon
Orbera Gastric Balloon Results
- 6 Month (At Time of Removal): Total Body Weight Lost: 12% Median, with a 9.3% to 21% Range.
- 12 Months (6 Months After Removal): Excess Body Weight Lost: Ranged from 11% to 51% Lost.
- 36 Months (30 Months After Removal): About 6% Lost of Total Body Weight.
ReShape Duo Balloon Results
- 6 Month (At Time of Removal): Percentage of Excess Weight Loss: 31.8% Mean.
Spatz IntraGastric Balloon Results
- 12 Month (At Time of Removal): Percentage of Excess Weight Loss: 46% Mean.
- No Cutting, Stapling, Stomach Removal, or Major Surgery
- Limited Risks and Side Effects
The gastric balloon procedure often produces cramping, nausea, vomiting, and discomfort immediately following placement. There is a slight risk of balloon deflation while inside the stomach, which can lead to obstruction.
- May cause discomfort
- Diet and exercise regimen required to be truly effective
- Risk of rupture, especially if the balloon stays longer in the stomach.
- Bowel obstruction due to migration of an IGB
Cost of Gastric Balloon in Mexico
At Tijuana Weight Loss Surgery, you will receive the best care at our certified medical facilities at the best price.
- Mexico: $4,495
- United States: $7,000 – $12,700
- Canada: $11,000
- Thailand: $4,700
- India: $4,450
Contact Tijuana Weight Loss Surgery for More Information
Tijuana Weight Loss Surgery only works with the top-qualified surgeons and staff to help you start your weight loss journey properly. We have over a decade of experience in medical tourism.
Contact Tijuana Weight Loss Surgery for affordable bariatric surgery in Tijuana, Mexico, today.