Only if losing weight was as easy as gaining it. Obesity and overweight are issues that every other person is facing. It is not only about getting a perfect look but is about staying healthy. Excess weight welcomes a lot of diseases that if not treated could prove fatal.
Not everyone is lucky to mold their body in the desired shape. For some exercise and diet control works, whereas others might have to go through the pain of a surgery to get rid of that excess weight. SURGERY, yes it can be scary; the procedure itself and then the long aching recovery period. But thankfully, like advancements in other medical fields, cosmetic and aesthetic procedures have not stayed back.
If you are one of those worried and tense about how you might get rid of weight and are looking for weight loss procedures, well read on this blog and we will tell you about 5 Weight Loss Procedures that involve no surgery.
1. Gastric Balloon (Fluid Filled)
One of the most popular and common non-surgical weight loss procedure is gastric balloon or the weight loss balloon as we may call it. If your BMI (Body Mass Index) lies between 30 and 40 then gastric balloon is a suitable option for you.
Before the procedure you are given a mild sedative. Then the doctor passes and endoscope tube through your mouth into your stomach. A soft durable balloon is then inserted through this tube inside the stomach which is then filled with a saline solution. The inflated balloon takes up some space in your stomach, and hence your food intake reduces making you feel fuller for longer time.
In the first 4 months, rapid weight loss can be observed. On average a person losses 20-25% of their body weight.
The inserted balloon is taken out after 6 months of the procedure
- Anyone falling within the bracket of 30 – 40 with respect to BMI.
- People who have not gone through a gastric surgery previously or do not have hiatal hernia
- People with no acid reflux
2. Gastric Balloon (Gas Filled)
Also known as the Obalon Balloon System, this procedure involves a swallow able balloon system. It functions in the same way as the fluid filled balloon. The procedure takes about 10-15 minutes. The balloon is filled with gas which takes up space in stomach and hence helps with the weight loss.
3. Aspire Assist Device
It is a relatively new procedure which involves the removal of calories from your stomach after your meal.
A small incision is made in your abdomen through which a small tube is placed in your stomach with help of an endoscope. This tube is connected to a port valve. This valve is placed against your skin on the outside of the stomach. After 20-30 minutes of every meal a device is attached to the port that drains the stomach’s contents. The device is detachable and can be removed easily.
Nearly 30% of the calories that have been consumed are removed. With this device the average weight a person loses is 25% after using it for one year.
- BMI should be between 35 – 55
- Should not have any eating disorders or uncontrolled hypertension
- Should not have inflammatory bowel disease and stomach ulcers
4. Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty
In this method of weight loss, the stomach is stitched from the inside to reduce its size. The reduction in size can be up to 70%. This makes you feel full quicker.
The patient is first put under anesthesia and then the doctor uses an endoscopic suturing device to create a sleeve or folds inside the stomach. The person can return to their normal routine after 24-48 hours of the procedure. The stitches last for about a year and are then reabsorbed by the body.
According to studies, this procedure is found to be more effective for weight loss than the Gastric Balloon method.
As 70% of the stomach is stitched therefore the person gets full by eating less. On average people who have tried this weight loss technique have lost about 20% of their weight during the first year.
- BMI should be greater than 35
5. Gastric Injections
In this method the stomach muscles freeze which slows the process of digestion and the person when eating get full faster.
The stomach is injected with a single series of injections which can be repeated after 6 months.
This procedure is ideal for those looking for moderate weight loss. Therefore, on average a person loses about 5-10% of their body weight.
Why go for painful surgical alternatives when you can reduce weight with help of non-surgical options! Pain isn’t always the answer to all your worries. Study your options and visit your nearby doctor at Rejuvenate Medical.