No matter what she tried, Doris Carril could not drop the extra pounds she gained as she aged.
“Eating every three hours, exercising, liquid diets, anything,” said Carril.
Now, thanks to the new gastric balloon procedure, her doctor gave Doris new hope without ever lifting a scalpel.
“I am very very happy. I lost 40 pounds,” Carril continued.
“We place the balloon through an endoscopic procedure which means placing a small tube and camera through the mouth and into the stomach,” said Nestor De La Cruz-Muñoz, MD, bariatric specialist at the University of Miami Health System.
The balloon inflates with a saline solution so the stomach has less volume, and it stays for six months.
“The balloon procedure works by helping patients feel more full when they eat a smaller meal,” said Dr. Cruz-Muñoz.
Nutritional counselors meet with the gastric balloon patients to make sure they are changing their eating habits and lifestyle to keep the extra pounds from returning.
“This tool fills the gap of about 46 million patients that didn’t qualify for bariatric surgery and were large enough so that diet and exercise alone weren’t helping,” Dr. Cruz-Muñoz continued.
But Doris admits the whole experience was not without some discomfort.
“The first five days were bad. I was nauseous.”
A small price to pay, Doris says, for a big drop in weight.
“I’m telling you, this is the best thing that ever happened to me.”
The program doesn’t end at the surgery suite. The program requires patients to meet with a nutritionist for a year after the procedure. Insurance does not cover the procedure, and it costs approximately $7,500.
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