We have all heard of gastric bypass surgery, but did you know that there is an alternative? Gastric balloon surgery has proven to be a safe and effective weight-loss method. Learn more about the benefits, risks, side effects, and what should be considered in this video.

How Does a Gastric Ballon Work?

Gastric balloon surgery is a weight-loss procedure in which they insert a deflated silicone balloon into the stomach. They then filled the balloon with saline until it reaches about the size of a grapefruit.

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This causes the patient to feel full and eat less food.

The Benefits of Gastric Balloon Surgery

  • A weight loss of about 3x the weight a person would typically lose.
  • Reduced hunger and cravings.
  • Decreased incidence of type II diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels.
  • A decreased risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Feeling of self-confidence and well-being.
  • When should you consider gastric balloon surgery? It is recommended for people who are obese (BMI >30) or have a BMI of 27-30 and at least one other weight-related health condition, such as type II diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol levels.