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Side effects of gastric balloon, sleeve and bypass procedures

    Side effect of gastric balloon, gastric sleeve & Bypass Procedures

    Navigating the Bariatric Journey: Understanding the Positive and Negative Side Effects of Gastric Balloon, Gastric sleeve, and Bypass Procedures.

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    Types of bariatric surgery

    Embarking on a bariatric journey is a transformative step towards a healthier and more fulfilling life. Three commonly performed procedures – gastric balloon, gastric sleeve, and gastric bypass – offer different approaches to weight loss. In this blog, we will explore the workings of each procedure, outline their benefits, and discuss the positive and negative side effects associated with them.

    Additionally, we’ll address a central question that often arises: How do the side effects vary between these bariatric procedures? Expert guidance from professionals like Dr. Hidalgo in Tijuana, known for Hidalgo Bariatrics, ensures a safe and supportive experience at accessible prices. 

    Understanding Gastric Balloon, Sleeve, and Bypass Procedures

    Gastric sleeve vs gastric ballon

    1. Gastric Balloon:

    Gastric balloon procedure, also known as intragastric balloon or stomach balloon procedure, is a non-surgical weight loss intervention designed to help individuals achieve significant weight loss without the need for invasive surgery. This procedure is particularly suitable for those who may not qualify for or prefer to avoid surgical interventions such as gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery.

    Benefits:

    • Non-surgical: Since the procedure is non-invasive, it involves no incisions or alterations to the digestive anatomy.
    • Temporary: The balloon is typically a temporary measure, offering a solution for those looking for a short-term weight loss intervention.
    • Quick Recovery: Recovery time is minimal compared to surgical procedures, and individuals can resume their normal activities relatively quickly.

    Considerations and Side Effects:

    • Nausea and Vomiting: Some individuals may experience nausea or vomiting in the initial days after balloon placement.
    • Adjusting to the Balloon: It may take some time for individuals to adjust to the presence of the balloon in their stomach.
    • Lifetime of the ballon: even though it might be form the best quality it can pop and needs to be replaced
    • Pricing: the pricing is very alike to the pricing of the gastric sleeve surgery but the big difference is that the gastric sleeve surgery is a definitive change that will also need a change on your eating habits, the balloon does not create any type of food restriction leaving you the same unhealthy habits that got you into the gaining weight journey. 
    • Regaining: after the balloon is placed and removed, the stomach might be bigger causing a regain of weight even greater of what you had before the procedure. 
    Side effect of gastric bypass

    2. **Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy): also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical weight loss procedure that involves the removal of a significant portion of the stomach. This results in a new stomach structure that resembles a narrow tube or sleeve. The gastric sleeve is designed to restrict the amount of food a person can consume and, consequently, promote weight loss as well as removing the ghrelin hormone responsible for causing food anxiety, binge eating and high appetite. 

    Gastric sleeve procedures

    Benefits of Gastric Sleeve:

    • Restriction of Food Intake: The smaller stomach capacity restricts the amount of food a person can eat, leading to reduced calorie intake.
    • Hormonal Changes: The surgery can lead to changes in gut hormones that affect hunger and satiety, contributing to weight loss.
    • Resolution of Health Issues: Many individuals experience improvements or resolution of obesity-related health issues such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.
    • Minimal invasive procedure: Surgery takes 40 minutes and the patient can start to walk after 4 hrs after surgery, get back to their normal lifestyle after 4 days post op. 

    Cons:

    • Irreversibility: Gastric sleeve surgery is generally considered irreversible. Once a significant portion of the stomach is removed, it cannot be restored. While this permanent alteration contributes to weight loss, individuals must be committed to long-term lifestyle changes.
    • Nutrient Deficiencies: Reduced stomach size may lead to decreased absorption of certain vitamins and minerals. It’s essential for individuals who have undergone gastric sleeve surgery to follow a nutrient-dense diet and take recommended supplements to prevent deficiencies, such as in vitamin B12, iron, and calcium for the first year post op. 
    • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): Some individuals may experience an increase in acid reflux symptoms after gastric sleeve surgery. This can lead to heartburn and other discomfort.

    3. Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y): Gastric bypass, also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is a surgical weight loss procedure that involves the creation of a smaller stomach pouch and rerouting the digestive tract. This surgery aims to restrict the amount of food a person can eat and reduce the absorption of calories and nutrients, resulting in significant weight loss.

       Benefits of Gastric Bypass:

    • Significant Weight Loss: Gastric bypass is associated with substantial and sustained weight loss.
    • Resolution of Health Issues: Many individuals experience improvements or resolution of obesity-related health issues such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.
    • Higher results: the gastric bypass is commonly known for having definitive results and a higher weight loss than any other procedure
    • Reversible: the gastric bypass compared to the gastric sleeve is a reversible procedure due to that fact that nothing will be removed while in surgery, only adjustments must be needed.

    Considerations:

    • Risk of Nutrient Deficiencies: Due to the rerouting of the digestive tract, individuals may be at risk for nutrient deficiencies, particularly in vitamins and minerals like vitamin B12, iron, and calcium. Nutritional supplementation is often necessary.
    • Dumping Syndrome: Rapid emptying of the stomach contents into the small intestine can lead to dumping syndrome, causing nausea, sweating, and other symptoms after eating certain foods.

    Tijuana, Mexico, has become a hub for bariatric procedures, offering expert care at accessible prices. Dr. Alejandro Hidalgo, a trusted professional at Hidalgo Bariatrics, specializes in guiding patients through their weight loss journeys with a focus on safety and long-term success.

    Dumping Syndrome: Rapid emptying of the stomach contents into the small intestine can lead to dumping syndrome, causing nausea, sweating, and other symptoms after eating certain foods.

    Choosing the right bariatric procedure involves considering individual health goals and potential side effects. Understanding the positive and negative aspects of gastric balloon, sleeve, and bypass procedures, along with the expertise provided by professionals like Dr. Alejandro Hidalgo in Tijuana, ensures a well-informed and supportive journey towards achieving lasting weight loss success.

    Dumping Syndrome: Rapid emptying of the stomach contents into the small intestine can lead to dumping syndrome, causing nausea, sweating, and other symptoms after eating certain foods.

    If you need support or have more questions about any bariatric procedure, make sure to reach an expert, Hidalgo Bariatrics always look forward to help you to improve your health.

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