If you have followed your six month long plan, it is time for you to move to the final stage of the ReShape Dual Balloon journey. What we basically mean is that it is time for you schedule an appointment to have your balloons removed. Due to safety and health risk purposes, even though the ReShape Balloon is FDA approved, standard guidelines maintain that the balloon should be removed after a six month long period. This is because during these six months, the balloon has received considerable wear and tear and it is enough time to let your stomach adjust to a smaller appetite. During these six months, you have observed some drastic changes in your appearance, self-esteem and yes, your BMI most of all.
Just The Beginning!
- We must clarify that the removal of the balloon does not mean that you have reached your goal; in fact it is just the beginning of another stage in your weight loss journey. The balloon was placed for six months to help your body adjust to smaller amounts of food and couple that with exercise to shed your extra pounds. After the six month long period, it is no longer necessary for you to have the balloon in your stomach. The balloon is removed through the very standard procedure by which it was inserted; an endoscopy. You will be placed under general anesthesia if you need and your throat area will again be numbed and muscle relaxants be given. Most people choose to remain awake as it is a very small and normal procedure. A catheter, the same one that was used to fill the balloon saline, will be inserted in your mouth cavity and be used to empty the balloon. After this, the endoscope will be used to retrieve the deflated balloon from your stomach, up your esophagus and finally, your mouth. Consider this: it is basically a reversal of the procedure you received initially. Again, it is a procedure that will only be around 20 – 30 minutes long and can be done in an outpatient setting. No discomfort is to be expected during and after this and your body will most likely, not need to adjust to this change.
After the removal, it is important to realize that this isn’t where your weight loss journey has to end; if you are committed to this program, you will focus on retaining the changes you made during the last six months and continue working on losing more weight and maintaining a lifestyle that is healthy and helps you keep the weight off. From our side, we will continue to monitor your eating activities and physical activities for the next six months in order to keep you motivated and help you towards your long term goals.