Reshape Dual Balloon - The Journey
Weight loss can be a very tedious and tiring process; more so especially if you have tried and tested many ways to lose weight. It can also be an expensive process. The lower cost of the balloon is very helpful as well. The biggest challenge in a weight loss program is how to track the progress you have made and in fact, how to stay motivated long enough to actually have made some progress. What is different about the ReShape Dual Balloon weight loss journey is that your progress is carefully monitored and you are motivated during this journey to seeing results.
A whole lifestyle change can indeed be a scary thing to do, that is why you should learn everything there is to know about the ReShape weight loss program. There are actually three stages in this procedure. These are Preparation, Placement and Recovery.
Stomach Balloon Preparation
- As the name suggests, Preparation refers to generally preparing the patient in all physical and emotional aspects of entering any weight loss program. General physical examinations will include checking a patient’s eligibility criteria to enter the program, whether he/she has any prior serious medical conditions that can affect the installation of the balloon and whether or not there are any obstructions related to the placement of the balloon. This will conclude the medical history. We will also attempt to find out your previous attempts at losing weight and how successful or unsuccessful they were. Your goals about losing weight will also be discussed and are an important part of preparing you for the placement. Your personal goals will also be discussed and how committed you are to the program will also be a concern. Most importantly, your comfort level with the entire process will also be determined. The whole point of such an examination is to re-confirm and reassure your physician and to-be weight loss manager about your expectations out of the program, how to handle your needs best, how to design your fitness program and whether or not you can cope with the major lifestyle changes that follow the placement of the duo balloon.
Weight Loss Balloon Placement
- Thus, we finally lead up to the actual placement of the balloon. For this, an initial endoscope examination will be done to ensure that there no obstructions in the passage way and that no ulcers or irritations bother you. After clearance from this end, your procedure will begin. Generally, an individual is given a numbing spray around the throat area to act as an anesthetic and muscle relaxant pills are also given. This greatly eases the passage of the deflated balloon down your esophagus. The entire procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes and it is non-invasive and there are no incisions. In terms of discomfort, while it is not painful to have the procedure done, some mild discomfort is to be expected.
Gastric Balloon Recovery
- After the surgery or placement, comes the recovery period. This is when your actual weight loss journey begins; now the walk is uphill and you really have to stay motivated. Physically speaking, initially some mild discomfort and side effects are to be expected although not necessarily in most cases. Since there is a free floating balloon in your stomach that is taking up much of the space, there will be a feeling of fullness both before and after eating. Initially you might experience nausea, vomiting and gastric issues for at least the first week. The major change in your diet will be to start off with liquids and gradually move on to soft foods as your stomach adjusts to having the balloon and other contents around in it, before finally progressing to solid food. It is kind of like an infant learning and adjusting to eat. It is very important that at least for the first week, you keep yourself sufficiently hydrated and avoid solid foods. This will help your stomach adjust and also keep the negative symptoms at bay. Although not severe, these side effects can easily be treated by regular medication from your physician. Other than this, you really don’t have to worry about your diet and advice since our team will include a nutritionist who will have planned a very detailed diet plan especially for you.
Finally, what really matters is how committed you are. It is important to know that you can ask all sorts of questions and as a patient, you will deserve these answers from your physician and weight loss manager. So get ready for a healthy lifestyle!