How is the gastric balloon different from other weight loss surgeries?

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Matthew L. Brengman, MD
Surgery
The gastric balloon procedure is geared for those with a lower body mass index (30-40) that don’t have to have a life-threatening weight-related illness, like diabetes. It’s ideal for a lower weight, less sick population, but it is a temporary procedure. According to surveys from around the world, we know that people’s perceptions of their weight are not accurate. Most people underestimate their weight significantly and discount the degree to which their weight affects their health. Most people don’t think they need to have “drastic” surgery, even though they might qualify for weight-loss surgery. However, these people are much more receptive to temporary intervention like the balloon.  We refer to the balloon procedure as a bridge therapy -- a bridge from diet and exercise and an intermediate option between surgery and a diet.

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