Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Balloon2018-09-04T19:50:06+00:00

Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Balloon

Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy)

A Lighter Me recommends the gastric sleeve procedure. Speak with one of our coordinators about a gastric sleeve surgery.

Overview

A sleeve gastrectomy is typically performed laparoscopically. During this procedure, approximately 80 percent of the stomach is removed. The stomach then becomes more of a tube shape, similar in shape to a banana. The surgeon will make small incisions in the upper abdomen and then insert small instruments through those incisions to complete the procedure. Since the stomach becomes much smaller, the amount of food a person can consume after this procedure is much more limited. This surgery also prompts hormonal changes, which often causes weight loss as well. The hormonal changes can also help with certain weight-related health conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

Patient Eligibility

Individuals who have a BMI of 40 or higher are often good candidates for this procedure. This surgery may also be an option for those who have a BMI between 35 and 40 and also have serious weight-related health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. Someone with a BMI as low as 30 may be eligible for this surgery if he or she has very serious weight-related health problems.

Average Weight Loss Results

Individuals who have this surgery may lose up to 60 percent of their total body weight, sometimes even more, within two years. The likelihood of success greatly depends on the person’s adherence to lifestyle changes and eating habits.

Recovery Time

For the first week after the procedure, the patient is only allowed to consume sugar-free, noncarbonated liquids. The next three weeks will consist of only pureed foods. After that, patients are typically able to resume a normal diet. Over the first few months after surgery, patients will need to have frequent checkups to ensure that everything is going smoothly.

Common Side Effects

Patients often experience body aches, tiredness, feeling cold, dry skin, hair thinning and loss, and mood changes for up to 6 months after the surgery.

Cost

The cost of this procedure varies greatly. The total cost in the US can sometimes exceed $20,000. A Lighter Me provides access to quality surgeons in Mexico who perform this surgery at a fraction of this price.

References:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/sleeve-gastrectomy/about/pac-20385183
https://www.medicinenet.com/lap_band_surgery_gastric_banding/article.htm#who_are_candidates_for_the_lap_band_system

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