Gastric Balloon vs. Mini Gastric Bypass2019-01-26T06:53:29+00:00

Gastric Balloon vs. Mini 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

Mini Gastric Bypass

A Lighter Me helps patients receive the mini gastric bypass surgery.

Overview

During a mini gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is made smaller, and the intestines are rerouted. It is performed laparoscopically by making 4 to 6 small incisions in the abdomen. The stomach is reduced by up to 90 percent, and then it is attached approximately 6 feet down the small intestines; this allows for food to bypass the upper intestines. It is sometimes chosen over a regular Roux-en-Y gastric bypass because it has a lower likelihood of complications, it has less side effects, and it is reversible. The weight loss results for mini gastric bypass are usually fairly comparable to those of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Mini gastric bypass makes patients feel fuller faster, allows for less absorption of calories and minerals, and is known to significantly improve overall health. Weight loss with this procedure is often fast and dramatic. Most people are also able to keep the weight off long term.

Patient Eligibility

In general, the best candidates for mini gastric bypass are those with a BMI over 40 or those with a BMI between 35 and 40 plus other weight-related health conditions.

Average Weight Loss Results

On average, within the first 3 months after the surgery, patients lose about 30 percent of their excess body weight. Within a year, 60 to 75 percent of excess body weight is often gone. After 10 years, most patients still show a total weight loss of 70 percent of their excess body weight. Results depend upon the patient’s adherence to diet and lifestyle changes.

Recovery Time

Patients typically must stay in the hospital for a day or two after surgery. They can usually return to work in 10 to 14 days, and most should be fully recovered after 3 weeks.

Common Side Effects

Patients may experience gallstones from the rapid weight loss and kidney stones from not drinking enough fluids. Hair loss is also somewhat common during the first 3 to 6 months after surgery. Sagging skin can also happen due to the rapid shedding of a significant amount of weight.

Cost

Most insurances do not cover mini gastric bypass. The average cost of the surgery ranges from $15,000 to $25,000 in the US. A Lighter Me helps patients receive the mini bypass surgery at a fraction of the cost. Learn more about the mini gastric bypass.

References:
https://commons.pacificu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1242&context=pa