Gastric Balloon Vs. Gastric Botox

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For those looking at non-surgical weight loss solutions, gastric balloons vs. gastric Botox are worth comparing. Gastric Botox is an endoscopic procedure in which gastric Botox injections are provided in the stomach for weight loss. The injections suppress appetite. Both gastric balloons and gastric Botox for weight loss require dietary changes to be effective. By knowing the key differences in gastric balloon vs. gastric Botox, you can determine which method is best for you.

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How Do They Work?

Understanding how gastric balloons and gastric Botox injection procedures work is important for those considering these interventions.

Gastric Balloon Procedure

Both procedures, as earlier noted, are endoscopic. Gastric balloon is fully outpatient. You go to your clinic and the balloon is inserted endoscopically. It’s inflated in the office. You leave within 15-30 minutes of the insertion.

You follow a liquid diet for a few days and then when you’re able to follow a regular diet, you abide by the modified diet and exercise plan you and your doctor developed. The balloon makes you feel fuller making it easier to avoid over-eating. Meanwhile, your diet helps you fill up on nutrient-rich foods that your body needs for burning fat and remaining strong and healthy.

Gastric Botox Injection

With gastric Botox injection for weight loss, you will go in for an endoscopic procedure. You’ll undergo anesthesia while the doctor inserts the endoscope. Botox will be injected into your stomach. You will be monitored for a couple of hours and then released.

It takes about a week for the gastric Botox injection to take effect and to be at its peak effectiveness. Once it does, you will feel fuller and will want to eat less. The effects of gastric Botox last about 4-6 months. The procedure can be repeated after 6 months.

Qualifications for Gastric Balloons and Gastric Botox

To begin, both are ideal for those who are overweight or who qualify as obese with a BMI of 40 or under. Ideally, stomach Botox is only for those with a BMI of 27-35. Gastric balloon patients should have a BMI of at least 27; some must be 30 depending on the location of the patient and the related laws.

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How Much Weight Do I Lose?

In both gastric balloon and gastric Botox, the amount of weight that you lose is entirely up to you. The success of gastric Botox has been questioned by some researchers. One reason is because if the patient eats a high carbohydrate diet or a lot of carbohydrates, they’re not likely to lose weight regardless of having a lower appetite.

It’s vital to adopt and to stick to a healthy diet plan; eating less isn’t enough to facilitate the amount of weight loss that’s possible with gastric balloon or gastric Botox injection.

Regarding the amount of weight one can lose, with gastric balloons, it’s possible to lose up to 15% or more of your starting weight. With interventions like the Spatz3 adjustable gastric balloon, 15% is the average amount of weight loss. Other balloons have a slightly less statistical outcome, but again, how much weight you lose is dependent on what you eat. Diet and exercise play a huge role.

Gastric Botox injection for weight loss usually results in a 10-15% weight loss if everything goes correctly and is effective.

How long do both treatments last?

Because neither gastric balloon or gastric Botox injection are permanent weight loss interventions (such as with surgical procedures), the intervention and the effects of the intervention are dependent on two factors.

First, the time the intervention is in place. Gastric balloons stay in place 6-12 months. Most balloons start to lose their efficiency at 4 months, but others like the Spatz3, which can be dialed up or down, can stay in up to 12 months.

Stomach Botox leaves the system by 4-6 months. It peaks at 1 week and gradually declines until the Botox has left your body.

Both interventions can be repeated; though, given neither are covered by insurance, it’s cost-prohibitive to rely on repeating the interventions for weight loss.

Side Effects for Gastric Botox and Gastric Balloons

Finally, as you consider gastric balloon vs. gastric Botox, you should consider the side effects.

Thankfully, both gastric balloons and gastric Botox injection have few side effects. Gastric balloons may cause some cramping, nausea, and vomiting early after the procedure. This could last a few days, but once you adjust to the gastric balloon, those symptoms subside, and you return to regular eating and activity.

Gastric Botox side effects are some nausea, vomiting, swelling, pain, and fever. These typically resolve and aren’t indicative of major issues. Once the discomfort resolves, as with a gastric balloon, you should be able to go about your activities as normal per your doctor’s instruction.

In terms of gastric balloon vs. gastric Botox, gastric balloon is implanted longer and allows you more time to adjust to a healthy diet and exercise regimen; gastric Botox is also not shown to be as successful in all patients to whom it is available. Consult with your doctor to decide what’s best for you.

The Spatz3 gastric balloon is the world’s first adjustable gastric balloon. The unique dial up and dial down feature allows for a customizable weight loss experience. Contact Spatz Medical to see if you’re a candidate for the Spatz3 gastric balloon.

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