Gastric Balloon Vs Gastric Sleeve
Both procedures are restrictive, meaning they reduce stomach size, leading to faster satiety and reduced hunger. They also lower the levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone, in the bloodstream, further reducing hunger sensations.
The advantage of the gastric balloon is that it is temporary, carries low risk, and is reversible. Gastric sleeve surgery is a permanent procedure and may occasionally result in complications such as blood clots, infections, or leaks. Daily supplements may be necessary, and some individuals may develop new food sensitivities.
Furthermore, the qualifications for each procedure differ. A BMI over 27 is required for the gastric balloon, whereas a BMI over 40 or a BMI over 35 with an obesity-related disease is necessary for the gastric sleeve.
The Gastric Ballon Procedure
The Allurion Weight Loss Balloon, previously known as the Elipse Balloon, may appear to be an ordinary pill at first glance. However, this unique capsule aims to induce a feeling of fullness shortly after eating, leading to reduced food intake and weight loss. After swallowing the capsule, a consultant will conduct an X-ray of your stomach to ensure proper placement before filling the balloon with 550ml of water through a catheter. Another X-ray confirms that the balloon is adequately filled and positioned in the stomach, allowing you to resume your daily activities without disruption.
While you may experience nausea and cramping during the initial days, discomfort is minimal, and patients often report that they can hardly feel the balloon once their stomach adjusts. By occupying space in the stomach, the balloon creates a sense of satisfaction with smaller food portions. Consequently, healthier eating habits are adopted, which can persist even after the balloon is removed.
The Allurion procedure is suitable for individuals with a BMI of 27 or higher. Over a span of 16 weeks, it typically results in a weight loss of approximately 2 to 3 stone (around 12-19kgs). At the end of this period, the balloon’s time-activated release valve opens, allowing it to empty and pass naturally through the gastrointestinal tract, eliminating the need for a removal procedure.
In addition to the gastric balloon, monthly nutritional sessions provide guidance on healthy meals and supplements to help you maintain progress. The goal is to adapt to eating smaller, more nutritious meals by the time the balloon is eliminated. The balloon is just one component of a comprehensive approach, as it not only jumpstarts weight loss but also establishes a solid foundation for a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.
Gastric Sleeve Procedure
Gastric sleeve surgery involves the removal of a portion of your stomach, typically 70% to 85% of its original size. This results in a significantly reduced stomach capacity, restricting the amount of food you can consume in one sitting. The remaining stomach takes on a narrower shape, resembling a banana in size. As a result, you feel full faster, enabling better control over hunger and portion sizes. This surgical option is suitable for individuals with a BMI of 35 or higher who have struggled to lose weight despite maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
After the operation, your eating habits and capacity will change significantly. This process can be complex and often requires support from a dietitian, as well as ongoing guidance from your surgeon.