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How To Know Which Weight Loss Treatment Option is Best for a patient?

Losing weight is beneficial for a person’s health. It lowers blood pressure, decreases the risk of diabetes, decreases the risk of heart disease, improves mobility, and reduces back pain, in addition to numerous other benefits. The idea and intention of losing weight is often easier than the actual process. For some people, having assistance is necessary.  If you are morbidly obese, have tried every diet and exercise routine imaginable and still struggle to lose weight, you may want to consider weight loss surgery.

When it comes to weight loss, there are a variety of different methods and procedures to try.  With so many options on the market, it is difficult to determine which option is best for you.   Sometimes those procedures require surgery. In the end, it doesn’t matter how a person loses the weight, as long as they find themselves in place where they are happy and healthy.

Obalon
This is a three-balloon system that a person swallows to assist them with weight loss. It is often recommended for people who have not had any luck losing weight with diet and exercise. It is a short-term treatment program that requires diet and behavioral changes to be successful. All three of the balloons have to be removed 6 months after the first balloon is swallowed.

How does it work?
The treatment works by having the balloons take up space in a person’s stomach so that they eat less. It is incredibly important that they receive nutrition and exercise support from a professional so that they can make appropriate behavioral changes so that once the balloons are removed they will be able to maintain their weight loss.

How are the balloons placed?
The patient will go into a physician’s office to have the balloons placed. They swallow a capsule, and then the doctor inflates the balloon. There is no sedation, and most patients are able to return to normal activities after the procedure.

How are the balloons removed?
After the treatment period of 6 months, the patient will return to a physician’s office to have the balloons removed through an endoscopic procedure. This usually only takes 15 minutes, and the patient will be under light sedation.

Gastric Sleeve
This procedure requires surgery and full sedation. The process involves a surgeon removing 3/4 of the patient’s stomach. The rest is then folded over and stitched to form a sleeve or tube. The operation takes approximately an hour to perform, and the patient may then be in the hospital for 2 or 3 days to recover. This process is permanent.

What happens after the surgery?
After the surgery, the patient will be on a liquid or pureed food diet for up to 4 weeks. After that, they’ll have to change their eating habits for the rest of their life. Eventually, they’ll be able to resume eating solid food, but they won’t be able to eat as much as before and will have to take supplements daily.

How do I know which treatment is right for me?
Talking to a doctor will determine which weight loss treatment is best for the individual.