An ideal candidate for a gastric balloon procedure typically has a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30 and 40, and has not had success with more traditional weight loss methods like diet and exercise or prescription medications.
Here are some other characteristics of an ideal candidate:
- Willingness to Commit to Lifestyle Changes: A gastric balloon is a tool to aid weight loss, but it’s not a magic solution. The patient must be willing to make significant lifestyle changes involving diet and exercise to ensure the weight loss is long-term.
- Understanding of the Procedure: The patient should have a clear understanding of what the procedure involves, the potential risks and benefits, and what life will be like after the procedure.
- No Certain Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as gastrointestinal diseases, hiatal hernia, or previous stomach surgeries, may disqualify someone from getting a gastric balloon.
- Not Pregnant or Planning to Get Pregnant: The procedure is not recommended for women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant soon.
- Ability to Participate in Regular Follow-up Visits: After the procedure, regular check-ups are necessary to monitor progress and health status.
Please note that these are general guidelines. Individual clinics may have their own criteria, and the final decision will always be made by a healthcare professional based on a thorough evaluation of the patient.