For patients who are not set on undergoing bariatric surgery, there are many options a patient could take that can help them lose weight – Gastric Balloon.
The goal of endoscopic weight loss procedures is to fill the gap between surgery and pharmacotherapy. The gastric balloon is one of the ways and is the same primary principle of bariatric surgeries. Inflating a balloon in the stomach is to make people feel full and create restriction as you would find in the gastric sleeve and gastric banding.
Intragastric balloon is typically part of a structured program, with diet and exercise. There are several leading intragastric balloons, including Orbera, Spatz, and ReShape Duo. Obalon just received FDA approval.
Currently, Tijuana Bariatrics Center offers the two leading gastric balloons: Orbera and the Spatz.
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 6 months before removal.
How Does the Gastric Balloon Work?
The procedure itself 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 that places a balloon in the stomach, and then is inflated. The process begins by inserting a deflated soft, silicone balloon through the mouth, placing the deflated balloon inside the stomach.
Then the balloon is inflated with air or liquid to a volume of about 500ml, and thus reduces a patient’s stomach capacity. This restrictive technique which provides a smaller stomach capacity allowing patients to feel fuller faster – helping them reduce their caloric intake.
Who is a Candidate for Intragastric Balloon?
Intragastric balloon is an especially attractive option because of its lower BMI requirement. With bariatric 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.
This means that more patients may be suitable candidates for this procedure. Sometimes bariatric surgeons require bariatric surgery prospects with high BMIs to lose weight, thus reducing risks and potential complications while undergoing bariatric surgery. Patients who need to lose a significant amount of weight before certain bariatric procedures jump-start the process with the intragastric balloon procedure.
Then when the physician is satisfied with the weight loss, they can remove the balloon and proceed with a more aggressive procedure.
Weight-Loss Results of the Gastric Balloon
Although the intragastric balloon has not been widely studied, some studies found that; in six months, patients can lose 35% of their excess weight. This compares nicely with the expected 50% with gastric banding and 65% with gastric bypass.
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 Lost: 31.8% Mean.
Spatz IntraGastric Balloon Results
- 12 Month (At Time of Removal): Percentage of Excess Weight Lost: 46% Mean.
- No Cutting, Stapling, Stomach Removal, or Major Surgery
- Limited Risks and Side Effects
- 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
Contact Tijuana Bariatrics Center for More Information
The procedure often produces cramping, nausea, vomiting, discomfort immediately following placement. There is a slight risk of balloon deflation while inside the stomach, which can cause obstruction.
Contact Tijuana Bariatrics Center for affordable bariatric surgery today.