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The Gastric Balloon Surgery Explained

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Our culture places a huge emphasis on weight. Being the right weight can mean everything in certain careers or social groups. We are bombarded by airbrushed pictures of impossibly thin models hundreds of times every day, and in movies a character who is a mere one hundred and twenty pounds may wail over how ‘fat’ she is. These subersive images and attitudes work their way into the subconscious, causing us to believe falsehoods about how much body weight is acceptable and how much is not. However, there are some people who, after careful consulting with a respected and trustworthy physician, will determine that losing some weight may be necessary for their health.

Morbid obesity is linked with many health risks, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart problems, diabetes, and other diseases. People who suffer from morbid obesity may determine, after consulting with their physician, that they should lose some weight in order to improve their health. If these people are looking for a slightly risky and costly but very fast method of weight loss, they may consider gastric balloon surgery.

Gastric balloon surgery reduces feelings of hunger, making it therefore easier to lose weight by eating less. A surgeon enters the stomach in a short outpatient procedure and implants a gastric balloon that is filled with saline. The gastric balloon then stays in your stomach for six months, after which it is removed.

The gastric balloon works by making the stomach feel more full. When the stomach is full of food, it sends a signal to the brain that causes the body to stop feeling hungry. Since a good chunk of the stomach is filled with a saline filled gastric balloon, it takes less food before the body stops feeling hungry, thus causing the person to eat less food overall.

For the first week after the gastric balloon surgery, the person will be placed on a liquid diet with more water intake. After that first week, a special dietician will help determine a specific eating plan for the person that is specially made to work with the gastric balloon. The person will need to regularly meet with a team to monitor the person’s health and progress. This team will also help train the person in healthy lifestyle changes in diet and exercise so that weight loss can continue in healthier, more natural ways after the gastric balloon is removed.

Gastric balloon surgery should only be undergone after careful discussion with a physician. Many people only need to lose a small amount of weight in order to achieve a healthy body weight, and that small amount can easily be lost through relatively simple lifestyle changes. Gastric balloon surgery should only be considered in extreme cases where a person’s health is dramatically at risk because of weight.

A person who is considering gastric balloon surgery should also take some self-introspection time to make certain that the decision is truly being made based on a risk and not based on vanity or pressures to constrain to the “social norm”. If a person is at severe health risk because of weight, then gastric balloon surgery is a possible way to quickly lose weight.

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