Wondering how to qualify for the gastric balloon procedure? One of the only effective temporary bariatric procedures on the market, gastric balloon, is an excellent choice for those with obesity that firmly believe they can maintain the lifestyle choices that allow them to lose significant amounts of weight, but also want to have professional, medical assistance to help get their weight loss started.
Because the gastric balloon is a non-surgical temporary procedure, it is also easier to qualify for than other bariatric procedures and a better choice for those that do not have time for recovery.
Gastric Balloon Candidates and Qualifications
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the gastric balloon is to speak to a medical expert, so consider calling us today at 855-768-7247 or fill out a quick pre-screen to see if your health history qualifies you for this type of procedure. But as a general rule, the qualifications for gastric balloon include:
- BMI Over 27 – Most bariatric surgery procedures require a BMI over 35, and in some cases BMI over 40. Gastric balloon is considered an acceptable method for those with a BMI of only 27 – much lower than other options. Those with a BMI of between 27 and 35 are considered overweight, but may not be considered obese under traditional standards. This makes it an excellent choice for those that would like to jump-start their weight loss for personal reasons, not just for medical reasons.
- Not Pregnant – It is not currently advised for the gastric balloon to be inserted into those that are pregnant or may become pregnant.
- No Contraindications – Insertion of the gastric balloon is a safe procedure with a very rare risk of complications. But, depending on your medical history, you may want to consider an alternative option to gastric balloon. This is especially true if you have any medical risks due to problems with your bowels/intestines (such as bowel obstruction), any esophageal injuries, and other related issues.
Gastric balloon is also only recommended for those that are prepared to adopt lifestyle changes to continue to lose weight and improve their overall health after the balloon is removed. The balloon is temporary, and will only be inside of the body for six months. During that time, you are expected to teach yourself better eating and exercise habits and to continue those practices after the balloon is removed.
Why Choose Gastric Balloon?
A gastric balloon is an effective tool for controlling your weight and improving your health. But because there are also very few qualifications for the gastric balloon, it is also an excellent choice for those that need to lose weight for more personal reasons.
Indeed, the low BMI requirements and temporary nature of the procedure mean that gastric balloon is only of the only procedures currently available that you can choose for cosmetic reasons – not only health reasons. While losing weight is healthy, many individuals decide to insert the gastric balloon to lose weight before their wedding or to remove some extra pounds before they start to ramp up their exercise routines.
Find Out if You Are A Candidate for Gastric Balloon
Every individual’s medical history is different, so the best way to determine if you are a candidate is to speak with one of our experts.
At Mexico Bariatric Center, we can provide you with accurate feedback about your candidacy for the gastric balloon and can help you receive gastric balloon for only 30% of the cost of the gastric balloon in the United States and abroad.
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