gastric sleeve vs. gastric balloon

Gastric Sleeve Surgery vs. Allurion Gastric Balloon

Losing weight can be a challenging and frustrating journey for many individuals. When diet and exercise are ineffective, weight loss procedures become an option. There are different types of bariatric procedures available, each with its own benefits and considerations. This article delves into two distinct weight loss procedures: Gastric Sleeve Surgery (a surgical option) and Allurion Gastric balloon (a non-surgical approach). By understanding the differences between these two procedures, individuals can make an informed decision for their weight loss journey.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery: A Permanent Solution for Lasting Results

Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a proven and highly effective method for weight loss. The procedure involves removing a large portion of the stomach, creating a smaller, “sleeve-like” shape. This reduction in stomach size limits the amount of food you can consume, resulting in reduced calorie intake and substantial weight loss, often helping patients lose 60-70% of excess body weight within the first year.

Moreover, gastric sleeve surgery has been found to improve or even resolve obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. It’s considered a safe procedure with low complication rates, especially when performed by experienced surgeons.

Allurion Gastric Balloon: A Temporary Kick-Start

In contrast, the Allurion Gastric Balloon is a temporary weight loss solution that offers a unique approach. It involves the insertion of a deflated silicone balloon into the stomach, which is then filled with a saline solution to reduce the available space for food. This creates a sensation of fullness, helping individuals control their portion sizes and kick-start their weight loss journey.

Typically, you can expect to lose about 10%-15% of your excess weight with a gastric balloon procedure.

The Allurion Gastric Balloon is generally effective throughout its 16-week presence in the stomach. During this time, patients receive guidance on healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes to maximize results. It’s important to note that once the balloon naturally deflates and passes through the digestive system after the 16-week duration, sustaining the weight loss will require ongoing efforts. This procedure is also known to cause extreme bloating and nausea, often leading to premature balloon removal.

Sleeve vs. Balloon: Aftercare Programs

Aftercare programs play a crucial role in achieving and maintaining weight loss success. At 360 Sleeve, we offer a 6-year aftercare program to provide long-term support and guidance on your weight loss journey. This extensive program includes regular one-on-one follow-ups, nutritional counselling, and ongoing medical supervision, ensuring optimal weight loss, sustained results, and a healthier lifestyle. In contrast, the Allurion gastric balloon offers a 6-month virtual aftercare program. While effective during its time in the stomach, it’s important to note that this duration is comparatively shorter. Our commitment to providing extended aftercare for gastric sleeve patients highlights our dedication to their long-term success and well-being.

Sleeve vs. Balloon: Costs 

When choosing between weight loss options, cost is a significant factor to consider. Gastric sleeve surgery costs $19,000 at 360 Sleeve, which may initially seem higher than the cost of the Allurion gastric balloon, which ranges from $7,000 to $9,000 per procedure. 

However, it’s crucial to look beyond the initial expense and consider the long-term perspective. 

Gastric sleeve surgery offers a permanent solution to weight loss, while the Allurion balloon’s effects are temporary, lasting about 16 weeks. In the long run, the cost of multiple Allurion procedures can add up, making it a more expensive choice.

At 360 Sleeve, we understand the importance of affordability, which is why we offer monthly payment options, making gastric sleeve surgery an accessible and cost-effective solution for individuals seeking lasting weight loss results.

Why We Exclusively Offer Gastric Sleeve Surgery at 360 Sleeve

At 360 Sleeve, we are committed to providing our patients with an effective and long-lasting weight loss solution. This is why we exclusively offer gastric sleeve surgery. We believe it is the gold standard in weight loss procedures, and here’s why:

1. Permanent Solution: Gastric sleeve surgery offers permanent changes to your stomach size and eating habits, ensuring lasting results.

2. Proven Effectiveness: Studies consistently demonstrate significant and sustainable weight loss, making it one of the most effective weight loss procedures available.

3. Improved Health: Beyond weight loss, gastric sleeve surgery often leads to improvements in obesity-related health conditions, enhancing your overall well-being.

4. Safety: When performed by experienced surgeons, gastric sleeve surgery is considered safe, with low complication rates.

5. Personalized Care: Our dedicated team of experts at 360 Sleeve provide personalized care and support throughout your weight loss journey, ensuring your success.

Final Thoughts

Both gastric sleeve surgery and gastric balloon procedures are powerful weight loss tools, each offering unique benefits. However, if you’re seeking a long-term solution with sustainable, life-changing results, gastric sleeve surgery is the clear choice. At 360 Sleeve, we’re here to guide you on this transformative journey towards a healthier, happier you. Don’t hesitate to take the first step—book a free gastric sleeve consultation today, and let’s make your weight loss goals a reality. Your future self will thank you for this decision!

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