10 Deadly Health Concerns of Obesity

Weight Loss Without Surgery? Two New Advances to Help You Realize Your Goals

The journey to healthy weight loss can be challenging, especially if you don’t understand the huge gap between exercise, diet and bariatric surgery. To better help in your comprehension, here are the latest advances that can put you on the road to realizing your weight reduction goals with very little recovery and only an outpatient appointment.

Balloons to Lose Weight?

Bariatric surgery is a successful method of weight loss for obese patients. However, it can be especially worrisome to those who aren’t familiar with the process. gastric sleeve and lap-band have become proven ways for those who can’t shed pounds through diet and exercise. Two new procedures called ORBERA Intragastric Balloon and ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System are both quick processes that only require an outpatient appointment. Patients can also recovery within a week. After six months, the balloon-like devices are deflated and taken out without surgery.

Effective Solution

Select individuals are currently trained in gastric balloon procedures. However, it’s an opportune method for people with a BMI between 27 and 32. The gastric balloons are also a wise choice for patients who may not qualify and are concerned about surgical weight loss methods. During the physician and patient consultation, you’ll be asked questions pertaining to your medical history. You’ll also need to undergo a physical examination. This can help determine which option is best for your body type. The cost of the gastric balloon varies and runs anywhere between $6,900 and $7,700. Presently, insurance providers don’t cover this type of treatment to patients.

ORBERA

This soft, yet long-lasting silicone balloon called ORBERA was created to help obese patients drop pounds and maintain their weight. A deflated, thin balloon device is placed in the patient’s stomach and filled with saline. Similar in shape and size of a grapefruit, the balloon stays in place for at least six months. This allows the individual enough time to reinforce good eating habits and portion control. When used in tandem with a supervised diet and program that modifies a person’s behavior, ORBERA has proven to be successful.

Approved by the FDA, ORBERA Intragastric Balloon can help individuals with a 30 to 40 body mass index (BMI). In a clinical trial, patients who had undergone this latest procedure had lost over three times the amount compared to those who followed a diet and exercise program. They were also able to keep the weight off up six months after the device was removed. The incision-less weight loss procedure gastric balloon allowed individuals to achieve their excess weight reduction goal by 38 percent. Combined with nutritional guidance and medication management, patients could lose substantially more.

Reshape

Reshape Integrated Dual Balloon is the latest non-surgical method approved by the FDA for losing weight. Completely different than any procedure or diet program, it was specifically created for those with a lower BMI between 30 and 40.

Two balloons are connected with the Reshape device and then filled with saline. Although the devices are placed in the stomach, patients are in an outpatient setting. The process is approximately 20 minutes and patients are typically sedated using light anesthesia. An endoscope helps insert the device in the stomach. Once the saline properly inflates the balloon, the physician removes the endoscope. The device is in the stomach for approximately 6 months. Although temporary, the balloon takes up space in the stomach and makes less room for food. During this time, you’re encouraged to eat healthily and adopt better eating habits. Once the balloon is removed, nutritional support will continue. The ongoing management throughout the process allows you to check out self-pay options and ensures that you’re following the proper physician recommendations.

What are the Differences?

There are two types of balloons the FDA has currently approved in the United States. The ORBERA is a single option that contains up to 600 cc of saline. The Reshape is dual and slightly larger with 900 cc. The Reshape provides patients with a portal, so they can track calories and exercise. Both devices stay in the stomach for approximately six months. They also include a 12 month program where patients can learn about exercise and nutrition. Another similarity with both balloons is that the devices can improve a patient’s health both mentally and physically. Because the balloons help a patient shed weight, health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, joint pain, high blood pressure and asthma can improve greatly. Patients may even be able to go off medications for a specific ailment once the weight is lost. The extreme makeover can also improve a patient’s mental outlook by making them more self-confident, happier and energized.

Bariatric Surgery

There are other wls popular with patients. Although they are minimally invasive, the surgeries may take a little more recovery time than the balloon methods. Cheap gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and lap-band are all proven bariatric surgeries to help obese individuals lose weight. While they are safe and pose very little risk to a patient, revisional surgery from lap-band can occur if the device erodes or slips.

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Dr. Ismael Vazquez

Dr. Ismael Vazquez

Dr. Vazquez has been a Board Certified physician for over 11 years, and specializes in Endoscopic Surgery, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. With over 2,700 successful weight loss surgeries, you're in great hands.
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