Weight loss surgery is becoming less and less invasive. However, the majority of procedures continue to be either permanent or semi-permanent, which is something not everybody is happy with. As a result, there is now a tremendous interest in the gastric balloon, which is not only minimally invasive, but non-permanent as well. While it may not have the same results as the gastric bypass or the lap band, it has been shown to have very good effects in terms of overall weight loss. Hence, it can be used either on the super obese to kick start their weight loss, or on those who are not quite obese yet, but are heading that way. Let’s take a look at the main benefits of balloon surgery for weight loss, and how it can improve the health of patients…
1. It Is Non-Invasive, Non-Surgical, and Very Simple
The gastric balloon is the only type of weight loss procedure that requires no surgery at all. The procedure is completed on an outpatient basis and there will be no scarring. In fact, it can be completed in as little as 20 minutes, and you will be ready to get back to your normal life straight away.
2. It Is Perfect for Those with Busy Lifestyles
Traditional forms of weight loss surgery had a tremendous impact on people’s lives. They would often have to remain in hospital for a week, and recover at home for at least another six. While advances in medical science have reduced this (hospital stays are now often just one or two days, and recovery is around one or two weeks), it continues to have a significant impact. Even one full week out of circulation may mean that you cannot attend a meeting or an important social event. With the gastric balloon, there needs to be no disruption to your normal day to day life.
3. It Is More Readily Available
In order to be considered for weight loss surgery, whether your insurance pays for it or you privately pay for it, you have to meet a number of specific criteria. This is understandable, as there is a danger that people start to see weight loss surgery as an easy way to lose weight, which it isn’t. Weight loss surgery, even if it is minimally invasive, changes people’s lives and forces them to permanently alter their own lifestyle.
The issue is, however, that people whose BMI is just too low to be considered may be encouraged to overeat more so that they become a suitable candidate. With the gastric balloon, acceptance criteria are a lot easier to meet. That said, it still should not be seen as an easy weight loss method, but it can mean that fewer people will be disappointed, and that fewer people will become obese.
While the gastric balloon is not a surgical procedure, it is a medical one, and all medical procedures carry risks. Hence, make sure you fully inform yourself about what the procedure is, who it is for, and what you can expect from it before agreeing to have it performed.