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Old 02-12-2017, 05:07 AM   #1
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Gastric balloon?

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this.

I am feeling very frustrated because I recently had another spurt of weight gain and am now above my original weight when I joined LCF! I've gone back to induction/VLC but I am still gaining weight. I'm on thyroid medicine and my doctor said my thyroid hormone levels are fine. I tried also getting a really good quality liquid probiotic to see if that helps.

Ideally, I'd like to find out what is causing this (for me, weight comes in spurts, not slow and steady gain)...but, meanwhile, I am feeling desperate and looked into options for weight loss surgery. It seems like a gastric balloon is fairly non-invasive.

However, I am hesitant to pursue this - apart from the cost, I don't REALLY want a piece of plastic in me. Also, I know someone who died due to complications from weight loss surgery, and I have a strong memory of her funeral where her kids and grandkids were all sitting around sobbing, with the unspoken question "Was that REALLY necessary?"

I am thinking of giving it another week or so to see if my weight drops a little due to VLC before pursuing this.

Anyone tried this - any thoughts?
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:24 PM   #2
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Hi there, sorry you haven't gotten any responses. I don't know anyone who has had this procedure. I have VSG. From what I understood the balloon is temporary.
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Old 02-20-2017, 02:55 AM   #3
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Hi there, sorry you haven't gotten any responses. I don't know anyone who has had this procedure. I have VSG. From what I understood the balloon is temporary.
Thanks for taking the time to leave your thoughts!

It's something I'm thinking about even if I am able to stabilize my weight and lose some, because by now I have quite a bit to lose.

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Old 02-25-2017, 12:26 PM   #4
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My first question is, are you on any medications that could be contributing to your weight gain? I ask, because one of my diabetes meds is known to cause weight gain and I consider that a contributing factor to my struggle to lose.

I have thought about WLS at times when the going got tough, but realize, it is a tool. It still requires work on your part. Cravings can continue, and if you're not careful, you can manipulate your eating to the point of still gaining after surgery. And sometimes you are required to lose some weight before the surgery to show that you are serious and able to work the program they are giving you.

Maybe you need to get a full physical to see if there's something other than thyroid going on.

I wish you only good things, and hope you think this through carefully.
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Old 03-09-2017, 07:28 AM   #5
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Do they still do the balloon? It was not even an option at my surgeon's office. I had the sleeve, leaving all of my organs where God intended...lol. I don't regret at all my decision, it has been a life saver for me. Just before I had my surgery I gained, gained, gained, it did not matter what I did, I was exercising like a crazy person, even did an all liquid diet, my surgeon explained I was insulin resistant which could be controlled through weight loss and exercise, but for some reason it was not happening for me, this is why I finally decided to actually have the surgery. Good luck to you.
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Old 07-30-2017, 04:17 AM   #6
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Do they still do the balloon? It was not even an option at my surgeon's office. I had the sleeve, leaving all of my organs where God intended...lol. I don't regret at all my decision, it has been a life saver for me. Just before I had my surgery I gained, gained, gained, it did not matter what I did, I was exercising like a crazy person, even did an all liquid diet, my surgeon explained I was insulin resistant which could be controlled through weight loss and exercise, but for some reason it was not happening for me, this is why I finally decided to actually have the surgery. Good luck to you.
I am glad it worked out for you.

They do it where I live...they have a less invasive one now which is, apparently, non-surgical (although I'm sure that surgery happens if it goes wrong)... because I am on my own, I am hesitant to get any kind of voluntary surgery which would require being taken care of afterwards.

I am still thinking about it - I am just at my wit's end here!
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That was happening to me too. I also have a thyroid disorder, but all my levels said it was not that (I have a great doctor that does the right tests). I would be going along fine, then gain 6-8 lbs over a few weeks for no reason I could figure Then it would stop, but the weight didn't come back off. I could force off a couple of pounds off, maybe, but nothing more. I would stay steady for a while, then it would happen again.

I gained about 20 lbs overall and my doctor suggested Metformin. That worked great for a while, I felt like my body was using food for energy, instread of just to make fat. It is hard to describe, but I just felt different. Then it started upsetting my stomach something awful, so I stopped it. I did manage to lose a few pounds while I was on it.

Then it happened again. I gained back what I lost on Metformin, plus another 10 lbs. Again, no reason I could figure out. Now I am using Victoza. It isn't a miracle drug, but I have stopped gaining and can *very slowly* lose again.

I am not one to jump to medication, but I know something is not working the way it should inside me.
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Old 08-03-2017, 04:10 AM   #8
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I am also glad you found something that worked for you. I agree about not jumping to medication but, at the end of the day, that's what it's there for!

I feel like I have a similar metabolic issue (I tend to be very low energy), but the problem is getting a doctor who will really look into it or prescribe these things - where I live, they were annoyed when I asked for a diabetes test and only grudgingly allowed it, and informed me I wasn't diabetic, and that was that.

Anyway I decided to make an appointment for a consultation, some of the side effects of the gastric balloon that I've read about have given me pause for thought (some people are saying that they started producing a really bad smell, or were bloated enough to look pregnant - well I already look like that lol), so I might also ask about the other options as well.
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