It’s hard to be overweight. It’s difficult to accommodate in the cinema or in the seats of the aircraft, you feel that the people you are looking at in restaurants make you feel self-conscious like shopping in the department stores. You even try to avoid looking at yourself in mirrors. At IBI Healthcare Institute, we have some data and options for all cases.
A Harvard study found that obesity increases the risks of 50 different health problems, depending on the degree of obesity and how long a person suffers from it. The risk of diabetes, for example, is 20 times higher if you are obese.
A study by the American Cancer Society found that overweight or obesity increases a person’s risk of getting at least 13 types of cancer. The study also found that body fat, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and excessive alcohol consumption contributed to one in five cases of cancer.
And the good news?
Losing weight causes positive effects on your body’s health quickly, and the more you lose, the more you reduce the risk of many more serious health problems. But that’s the hard part. Many people simply cannot lose weight. They’ve tried multiple diets and exercise plans, but they just don’t succeed. Some people succeed in losing weight, but not maintaining it, which leads to a weight loss/weight gain problem as a yo-yo effect.
What’s a gastric balloon?
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you may be a good candidate for a gastric balloon also called an intragastric balloon. During this procedure, a silicone balloon is placed in the stomach and inflated with saline. It helps you lose weight by leaving less room in your stomach and making you feel full faster.
5 Benefits of a Gastric Balloon
1. There’s No Surgery Involved with a Gastric Balloon
The patient is sedated, and a thin tube carries the silicone balloon inside through the throat to the stomach. The surgeon then guides an endoscope through the throat, a small tube with a camera, to look at the silicone balloon as it is inflated with saline. When the balloon is inflated and sealed, the tubes are removed and the procedure is finished. It usually takes 30 minutes from start to finish, and patients go home the same day. The balloon is left inside for six months. Subsequently, the balloon is removed with an endoscope.
2. The Gastric Balloon is Temporary and Can Be Removed
By design, the gastric balloon is only intended to be in the patient’s stomach for six months before being removed. But if special circumstances arise before that, it can be eliminated at any time.
3. The Cost of a Gastric Balloon Procedure is Lower than that of Many Other Surgical Weight Loss Procedures
The average cost of a gastric balloon procedure at IBI is $5,500 to $7,000. That is significantly lower than the average cost of different types of weight loss surgery.
4. You May be Eligible for a Gastric Balloon Even if You are Not Eligible for Surgery
Many clinics and insurance companies require that candidates have a BMI (body mass index) that is very high before they are considered ready to undergo gastric bypass surgery. However, gastric balloon procedures can often be performed on people with lower BMI and who have a certain amount of pounds they want to lose.
5. Gastric Balloons Produce Real Weight Loss Results
Significant weight loss results with gastric balloons for most patients in six months. Generally, patients lose between 20 and 50 pounds, depending on the initial weight. After removing the balloon, patients may continue to lose weight by maintaining healthier diets and exercise routines.
Is a gastric balloon the right procedure for you? Schedule your appointment today. Let us treat you and not just your symptoms.