Gastric Balloon vs. Gastric Bypass2019-01-26T06:53:28+00:00

Gastric Balloon vs. Gastric Bypass

Gastric Balloon (Intragastric Balloon)

A Lighter Me does not recommend the gastric balloon surgery. For a better option, speak with one of our coordinators about a gastric sleeve surgery.

Overview

The intragastric balloon is one of the newer weight-loss procedures that is available for individuals who have tried to lose weight on their own but have not had much success. During this procedure, a silicone balloon that is filled with saline is placed in the patient’s stomach. This balloon makes the patient feel fuller faster, and it also limits how much food can be consumed at one time. It may also slow down the process of the stomach emptying, and it may change hormone levels that control appetite. All of this should contribute to moderate weight loss. The balloon is usually left in the stomach for up to 6 months, and then it is removed through an endoscope.

Patient Eligibility

The ideal candidate for this procedure has a BMI between 30 and 40, is willing to make lifestyle and diet changes, and has not had any type of stomach or esophageal surgery in the past.

Average Weight Loss Results

During the first 6 months after the procedure, patients can expect to lose approximately 10 to 15 percent of their body weight; however, many patients have reported a weight loss of more than 30 percent. The amount of weight loss depends greatly upon the patient’s adherence to diet and lifestyle changes.

Recovery Time

Typically, a liquid diet is required for the first week after the procedure. Soft foods will then be permitted, and after about three weeks, patients are usually able to return to a normal diet and normal activities.

Common Side Effects

About one-third of patients experience pain and nausea for the first few days following the procedure. These side effects can typically be treated with oral medication, and they usually are not very serious.

Cost

This procedure is typically not covered by insurance. Although it varies, the average cost is just above $8,000.

References:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/intragastric-balloon/about/pac-20394435

Gastric Bypass (Roux-En-Y)

A Lighter Me helps patients receive affordable, quality gastric bypass surgery in Mexico. Speak with one of our coordinators about a gastric bypass surgery.

Overview

Gastric bypass surgery is sometimes completed laparoscopically. It typically takes several hours. During the procedure, the surgeon will staple off the upper section of the stomach so it is just a small pouch, about the size of an egg. This pouch is then attached to a part of the small intestine called the Roux limb. This forms a “Y” shape, which is why this procedure is often referred to as Roux-en-Y. This not only reduces the amount of food the patient can consume, it also forces the food to bypass the rest of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine. After the procedure, the amount of fat and calories that is absorbed from food is reduced and so is the amount of vitamins and minerals. Dramatic weight loss is common after this procedure, and it can also help to reduce or eliminate other health-related problems, such as heartburn, reflux, and other conditions that are common in overweight individuals.

Patient Eligibility

The ideal candidate will have a BMI over 40 or a BMI between 35 and 40 and a weight-related health condition, such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure, heart disease, or type 2 diabetes.

Average Weight Loss Results

The amount of weight loss depends upon the patient’s adherence to diet and lifestyle changes, but on average, people will lose about 100 pounds after gastric bypass surgery. Weight loss typically happens fairly quickly. One year after the surgery, weight loss stops and a patient’s weight stabilizes. At this time, it is very important to maintain healthy eating and exercise habits in order to not regain the weight that was lost.

Recovery Time

Patients are often required to stay in the hospital for a day or two after surgery. An all-liquid diet is required during the first week or two; soft foods are then slowly added into the patient’s diet, and within a month of surgery, regular food can be consumed. Normal activities can also typically be resumed at this time.

Common Side Effects

Patients may experience body aches, dry skin, mood changes, temporary hair thinning, tiredness, and feeling cold during the first year following surgery. This is due to the rapid weight loss. Once the weight loss stops, these symptoms usually go away.

Cost

Some insurances will cover part of the cost of gastric bypass surgery. In the US costs range anywhere between $8,000 and $27,000 without insurance.

References:
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test_procedures/gastroenterology/roux-en-y_gastric_bypass_weight-loss_surgery_135,65