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Treating Pre-Obese Patients with the Gastric Balloon

Published on August 23, 2018

In order to be considered obese, a person must have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. While people with a BMI of 28 or 29 may not be technically be considered obese, their current lifestyle indicates that they have an extremely high chance of becoming obese. These people are considered pre-obese.

An article published in Obesity Surgery looked into the effectiveness of the intragastric balloon procedure in pre-obese patients. A group of 20 pre-obese patients were studied for a period of three years.

The study found that there was a significant decrease in the weight of each patient after
the study period. In addition to this, most people did not experience any major medical issues as a result of their gastric balloon procedure. Some did experience nausea and vomiting. Overall, the intragastric balloon was found to be an effective and safe option for pre-obese individuals.

If you have a BMI of 25 to 29 and are finding it difficult to manage your weight, contact Western Surgical Bariatric Center to schedule a consultation. Fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon Dr. John Weaver can provide you with the professional care you need.