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During certain times in life, it is common for people to gain weight. By following a regular diet and exercise routine, it is possible to lose the added pounds. However, when a person is morbidly obese, gastric bypass surgery may be the only way to return to a healthy weight. If a person is severely overweight and has tried exercise and diet changes without positive results, there are some alternatives to this drastic procedure. When a person needs to lose 100 pounds or less and has health issues that make invasive surgery dangerous, here are a few options.

Transoral Sleeve Gastroplasty

Sleeve Gastroplasty

With transoral sleeve gastroplasty, a person undergoes internal suturing, which decreases the stomach’s capacity by 80 percent. Although this procedure involves surgery, it is much less dangerous than gastric bypass. Since it is a less invasive treatment, a person is not as likely to suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. Usually, this procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and can be reversed.

Integrated Dual Balloon System

 Integrated Dual Balloon System

When this system is inserted, a person is mildly sedated. A device, crafted from two inflatable silicone “balloons,” is placed in a patient’s stomach. When situated, the unit is inflated with a saline solution so that a person feels full quickly. Unlike gastric bypass, this procedure is used for short-term weight loss, and the device is usually removed after six months. Clinical studies have shown that certain patients who received this treatment have enjoyed double the weight loss over people who have tried diet and exercise alone.

Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

Gastric Banding

Like other laparoscopic procedures, gastric banding is performed through a small cut in the stomach. An adjustable silicone band is placed on the upper portion of the stomach so that it holds much less food. A plastic tube connects the band to another device. Here, saline may be injected or removed from the unit. Filling the band makes it tight. Likewise, emptying the band makes it loose. This control limits negative side effects and encourages weight loss. With this treatment, a person may lose up to 50 percent of his or her extra weight. After weight loss is achieved, the band can be removed, and the stomach will return to its regular size.

Pharmaceutical Treatments

pillsAlthough numerous OTC pills exist and bring claims to control weight loss, results rarely bring positive changes. However, there are prescription treatments that affect hormones and lower a person’s appetite so that less food is consumed. When this occurs, pounds are dropped. Also, drugs like Olistat prohibit fat absorption.

Gastric bypass surgery limits the capacity of the stomach and decreases the usable part of the intestines so that calories cannot be absorbed. However, this procedure brings high risks and multiple side effects. The above items are mush less invasive alternatives to gastric bypass and bring fewer health concerns. When a person is desperate to control his or her weight, it is always best to discuss individual circumstances with a physician so that a positive plan can be formed.