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Gastric balloon or stomach reduction?

Lose weight with a gastric bypass, gastric balloon, or medication?
Losing weight through medical means has many possibilities!

Different medical methods for losing weight

The different options each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Gastric surgery (reduction) is permanent, while a gastric balloon comes out on its own after 4 months (Allurion) or after six months via endoscopy (Orbera). A stomach reduction is forever. After leaving the gastric balloon, you are rid of the associated discomfort; with gastric bypass surgery, it remains for the rest of your life.

Losing weight on medication can be stopped at any time and works less violently than the balloon and reduction. However, the principle is the same. The body wants to eat less, is satiated sooner.

So it’s very important to fully understand what the options are, what the pros and cons are, and work with a doctor to see what is best for you.

Some studies show that interested people spend more than 7 months in orientation, that is, research on the Internet, talking to experts by experience, talking to experts such as doctors, nutritionists and lifestyle coaches.

The role of the insurer is also very important. If you have a BMI below 35, the insurer will notify you that you are not eligible for a gastric reduction and they will not reimburse for a gastric balloon or medication. If you have a BMI over 40 then there are options with medication if you follow a certain program.

All aspects that you need to take your time to look carefully at what suits you best.

Here’s another brief summary with some more explanation.

Stomach Balloon

There are two types of gastric balloons: the swallowable ones and those inserted through endoscopy. Both are filled with liquid and take up space in the stomach is, leaving less room for nutrition and the continuous pressure on the stomach wall sends signals to the brain that there is less need to eat.

The swallowable balloon stays in place for 4 months. Big advantage is that you don’t have endoscopy, namely at insertion and removal. Endoscopically inserted balloons come in different sizes and have been on the market for a long time.

So permanent weight loss is not there as with gastric bypass surgery. After 4 or 6 months the balloon is out, if you have not changed your behavior (through lifestyle coaching) during that time, you run the risk that if you take in too many calories you will gain weight again.

Stomach Reduction

By shrinking the stomach, you are full faster and will eat less. There are several methods for reducing the size of the stomach:

  • Gastric band: a gastric band (gastric band) involves placing a silicone band around the stomach that reduces the size of the stomach, so to speak. This band can be adjusted later
  • Sleeve gastrectomy: a gastric sleeve involves reducing the size of the stomach but leaving the rest of the digestive tract intact. Everything you eat does get absorbed into your body because of this
  • Gastric bypass: this procedure involves surgically reducing the size of your stomach and rerouting part of your digestive tract. In this way, food only reaches the upper part of your stomach. As a result, your body no longer absorbs all the nutrients you ingest.
  • SADI (Single Anastomosis Duodeno Ileal bypass): This surgery usually follows a gastric sleeve, but can also be combined. In a SADI, the small intestine is cut just after the gastric ring muscle. The small intestine is reattached to the stomach a lot closer to the large intestine. A large part of the small intestine is thus eliminated for food absorption, resulting in the body absorbing fewer nutrients.

Losing weight with medication

There are many prescription or over-the-counter drugs that claim weight loss. If you read the package insert carefully, the claims are of very different order. The Dutch government, through its designated agencies, pays close attention to ensuring that these resources are not allowed to make false claims. Do you really want to know what works best for you? If so, ask your doctor.

Want to learn more about losing weight with medication? Then take a look at for all the possibilities. Here you will also find all the pros and cons of the certain medications that have laid a claim to weight loss.

Which medical solution suits me best?

We hope that with the above information we provide a little more background. What is best for you is hard to say without knowing your BMI, your medical situation, your motivation and your wallet.

At the very top, most people do a lot of research and then consult with a medical specialist to list the various pros and cons. If you have a BMI over 35, check with your doctor first, as they can best advise you on the insured route (which is the cheapest anyway).

If you have a BMI of 35 or lower, we are happy to help you with our medical team. We have extensive experience with stomach reductions, gastric balloons and most forms of medication, allowing us to work with you to determine the best solution for you. Contact


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Catherine Keyl interviewt Dr. Edo Aarts



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Catherine Keyl interviewt Dr. Edo Aarts

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