It’s been classed as revolutionary by some quarters, with the gastric balloon receiving rave reviews since its launch into the weight loss industry some time ago. However, in comparison to a lot of weight loss treatments out there, it would be fair to say that the balloon option is reserved for a certain individual who has to be able to take real advantage of its benefits.
While we may have suggested that there are only three types of people that the procedure is designed for, as you can probably imagine there are far more. However, if you can relate to any of the following circumstances, it’s safe to assume that this is a form of obesity treatment that could work extremely effectively for you.
The person who is willing to change their eating habits
First and foremost, let’s clarify what the gastric balloon really is about. While some bariatric procedures are designed to last permanently, the same certainly cannot be said about this type of treatment.
Instead, it will last for six months. After these six months are up, the balloon is removed from your stomach and the rest is up to you.
The idea is that during these six months, you can fine-tune your eating habits. You will lose weight during this period, as your stomach will not be capable of holding as much food as it has been used to. However, once it is removed, you could technically revert back to your former habits and eat just as many calories.
The people who use the gastric balloon solution successfully are those that can learn “how” to eat during those six months, and stick to their new diet afterwards.
It will make you lose weight anyway, but in terms of permanently keeping those excess pounds away there will be some degree of willpower required.
The person who isn’t quite obese
Next, this treatment is also preferred for those people who haven’t quite reached that morbidly obese stage.
While it will most certainly work for those that are in said category, the qualification criteria is much lower in relation to Body Mass Index.
Most surgeon’s will suggest that you need a minimum BMI of 27 to qualify for a gastric balloon procedure, while for alternative bariatric treatments it might need to be as high as 35. This is mainly because the gastric balloon is a much simpler solution and doesn’t carry as many risks because of this.
The person who doesn’t want to commit to an invasive solution
On the subject of the “simpler solution” comment we’ve just made, you will probably already know that the gastric balloon procedure is non-invasive and there are no nasty incisions to be made.
Instead, the balloon will be inserted into your stomach via your throat, before being inflated with the saline solution when it arrives.
There are no hospital stays and rather than taking hours, this is a procedure that can actually just take minutes.