A Hot New Weight Loss Procedure Helped This Woman Drop 70 Lbs. – Without Surgery
A new, non-surgical weight-loss procedure that takes less than 15 minutes has the weight-loss community buzzing.
The bariatric technology – known as a gastric balloon – involves inserting a small silicon balloon into a patient’s stomach through an endoscopic procedure. A doctor fills the balloon with saline solution to create a feeling of fullness, so patients lose the urge to overeat. After six months, it’s deflated and removed.
Two versions of the balloon are currently on the market, the ReShape and Orbera balloon.
“I have literally been on a diet since I was 13 years old,” gastric balloon patient Virginia Trice tells PEOPLE. “I’ve tried every fad diet out there but I’ve never been able to keep weight off until now.”
Since getting ReShape inserted in a 2012 trial phase (ReShape and Orbera devices have since been approved by the FDA) Trice, 59, has lost over 70 lbs.
“I was probably getting a third of the food that I was eating before,” she says. “And I was never hungry.”