26 February, 2024

What Requirements Must A Patient Meet For A Gastric Balloon?

Sometimes we need just a little support and guidance to achieve the greatest of our goals. Many of our patients turned to us for help and used a gastric balloon as a tool to take control of their lives. This article will discuss who can use this tool and what gastric balloon requirements are.

What Is a Gastric Balloon?

The gastric balloon is a very popular and effective method to lose weight and train a healthy lifestyle that would promote your physical and mental well-being in the years to come.

The Gastric Balloon Advantages

  • It is super effective. Patients on average can eliminate 10-15% of their total body weight in about or even less than 12 months;
  • It is a highly safe, non-surgical procedure. There will be no cuts or incisions, so you don’t have to worry about any visible scarring. Thanks to the procedure’s non-invasive nature, you will avoid unnecessary risks associated with bariatric surgeries and other invasive weight loss methods;
  • The procedure is temporary. It does not introduce permanent changes to your anatomy. In 6 months, the balloon will be taken out through the mouth.

Gastric Balloon Requirements

One of the greatest benefits of gastric balloons is that gastric balloon requirements are not so strict. This procedure is suitable for patients of different weight categories and health conditions.

Initial Gastric Balloon Requirement

The first requirement for placing a gastric balloon in your stomach is the fact that you’ve tried healthy diets and regular workouts but could not lose any significant weight. This ensures you did your best to lose weight on your own and developed excellent motivation to continue on your journey until the happy end.

Post-Op Gastric Balloon Requirement

The second gastric balloon requirement is that you understand that following the diet and exercise program recommended by the doctor is essential for the success of your weight loss journey. A gastric balloon is not a magic tool. It is an aiding tool. It assists you in your weight loss but does not do all the work for you. If you want good results, you must put in a certain amount of effort.

It’s important to comprehend the simple weight loss formula. We just need to devour food less and make sure we spend all the energy we get from our meals. When you make sure your calorie intake is less than your body needs for survival, that’s when the change begins. But very often it is not so easy to do. There are many reasons for that, like bad lifestyle habits that tend to stick and the body that gets used to consuming a lot of calories. Therefore, with a tool such as a gastric balloon and professional guidance from a doctor, we need to help our bodies feel full faster and push ourselves to experience new feelings and switch to new behavior.

Gastric Balloon BMI Requirements

Body Mass Index is a measurement that determines your weight category and is used as a primary qualification if the gastric balloon is a good option for you.

Usually, those with a BMI of 30-40 can be offered a gastric balloon procedure. However, sometimes patients with a BMI of 27 or more can also be recommended for the procedure if they have a health condition related to obesity. Additionally, it might be possible to use a gastric balloon for morbidly obese patients who need to lose weight to qualify for bariatric surgery first.

Minimum Weight To Qualify For Gastric Balloon

Gastric balloon minimum weight requirements can be different because it depends on the height of the person and the fat volume of the body. For example, a person with a weight of 170 pounds and a height of 5 feet could be fit for the gastric balloon while another person with the same 170 pounds of weight and 5 feet and 9 inches is not suitable.

Also, sometimes people can have significant weight because of a high volume of muscles or be in the healthy range of weight and height but have too much visceral fat, which can be dangerous for his or her health. A comprehensive body composition analysis is a must before undergoing any weight loss procedure.

The gastric balloon can change your life and help you achieve your goals in a short period. Yet, unlike some other weight loss procedures or surgeries, it is suitable for more people with different circumstances. The gastric balloon requirements given in this article are for informational purposes only. If you want to know precisely whether you are a good candidate for gastric balloon placement, please talk to Dr. Simmons in person or via virtual consultation.

Get In Touch With Dr. Simmons Now

Dr. Okeefe Simmons is an experienced weight loss doctor who has helped hundreds of patients transform their bodies with a gastric balloon. During your consultation with him, you will learn if you meet the requirements for a gastric balloon, and will get your personalized weight loss program.

Whether you are fit for the balloon method or not, you will also learn about other very effective and safe weight loss techniques that you are eligible for. Book a consultation with Dr. Simmons to educate yourself and make an informed decision about your health.

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