Compare Gastric Balloon to Other Weight Loss Procedures

Gastric Balloon

Gastric Balloon works by inserting an inflatable balloon in the stomach, therefore leaving less room for food; this causes patient to eat less, since they feel full sooner.

The gastric balloon procedure is performed by the surgeon first numb the throat and possibly giving the patient a sedative. The balloon is inserted into the stomach and is filled with either air or saline solution depending on the type of balloon inserted.

The gastric balloon is non-invasive, but is also a temporary fix since the balloons are removed after only 6 months. The purpose of gastric balloon is to create a long-term diet and exercise program that is medically supervised. It enables the patients to “jump start” their weight loss by assisting them throughout the process.

Either one balloon or two balloons may be inserted depending on the patient and their doctor’s recommendations. It is referred to as Dual-Balloon when a second balloon is included in the procedure.

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Non-Surgical Gastric Balloon

Gastric Sleeve

Gastric sleeve reduces stomach size, therefore making the patient feel full quicker after. Also, the removed portion of the stomach means that less hunger-causing hormones are secreted in the body causing the patient to typically feel less hungry than normal.

Gastric sleeve surgery, also commonly referred to as the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), is performed by removing a very large portion of the stomach in order to create a long narrow pouch. This new pouch is stapled and the rest of the stomach is removed.

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Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Procedure


The Lap-Band wraps around the upper-middle part of the stomach to create a narrow section by squeezing the stomach. Therefore, the smaller upper portion of the stomach fills up faster when patients eat causing them to feel full sooner and to also eat less food.

The Lap-Band surgery procedure requires the insertion of a silicone and silastic band around the upper-middle region of the stomach. During visits with your doctor, he/she will either add or remove saline solution; this controls how tight or loose the band is. The tighter the band, the less hungry you will be.

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Lap-Band (Gastric Band) Weight Loss Procedure

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