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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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