Many people experience a sense of helplessness when regular physical activity and dietary adjustments are insufficient to achieve their weight loss objectives. These “in-betweeners,” who struggle to lose weight but aren’t a candidate for or interested in weight-loss surgery, now have a solution.
The weight-loss balloon is a soft, silicone device that is inserted into the stomach through the mouth using an endoscope, a small, flexible tube. Once in position, sterile saline (salt-water solution) is poured into the deflated balloon until it is about the size of a grapefruit. The balloon is made to occupy around a third of the stomach’s volume, which can support good portion control and reduce appetite for up to six months.
The weight-loss balloon surgery is carried out by board-certified surgeon Dr. Julie Ellner of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, who claims that patients who have it “report a startling amount of appetite control.” “I expected they would feel fuller generally, but my patients are reporting a marked reduction in cravings,” the doctor said.
After the procedure, nausea, vomiting, and acid reflux are among the side symptoms. This is typical while your stomach adjusts to the balloon’s presence, and the symptoms typically disappear in a few days. After the surgery, Dr. Ellner urges patients to take it easy for approximately a week to give the body time to adjust.
The balloon is a useful tool for creating enduring habits. Patients take part in one-on-one coaching sessions with Dr. Ellner for a full year following the operation. Patients create a personalized strategy throughout these sessions based on their capabilities and individual objectives.
Although successful, the balloon does not provide a cure. After six months, it is deflated and then recovered from the stomach in the same manner it was inserted. Patients are strongly advised to use the knowledge they have gained throughout the first six months to navigate and maintain healthy habits once the balloon has been removed.
“Learning to maintain a healthy weight is a lifetime commitment,” says Dr. Ellner. “The second six months of coaching after the balloon is withdrawn is just as important as the first six months while it is in place.”
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“The weight loss hasn’t made my life any simpler, but I am certain that with exercise and sensible eating, I can live a healthy life,” says Terry Reed, a patient who underwent a weight-loss balloon procedure. “I want to set a positive example for my children and grandchildren.”
Dr. Ellner is dedicated to assisting patients in losing weight and enhancing their health. “I specialize in treating obesity exclusively in my clinic. Our entire organization is focused on helping those who desire to lose weight.