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Danusia still couldn't look at herself in the mirror a year and a half ago, she avoided people and hid under huge sweaters. In order to get rid of excess weight, she decided to implant a special balloon into her stomach. In 4 months she lost 11 kg.

Dana, because that's what her friends say about her, she gave birth to twins four years ago. After weaning her babies, she gained 15 kg in just two months. - I can't say how it happened - Danusia admits honestly. - It seems to me that I did not eat more than usual, but day by day I was getting bigger. I was devastated by my appearance. I started looking for help from various doctors. In the end, it turned out that I belong to the group of women who develop hypothyroidism after pregnancy. The level of hormones was normalized quite quickly, but the kilograms did not decrease.

OBESITY HARMED HER NOT ONLY MENTIONALLY, BECAUSE HER FEELING UNATTRACTIVE, UGLY. It was also disturbing physically, because caring for two very mobile children is not easy. "I felt very bad," she says. - I could not bend down, run after the child. I got tired quickly, I was heavy. I didn't feel like doing anything. I also didn't want to see myself in the mirror. Even when I was pregnant, I was physically more fit than when I gained weight. As a child, I was constantly underweight, and suddenly so much redundant body. When she was 160 cm tall, Danusia weighed 76 kg. As she says - there was a lot of it. Even when her husband assured her she was beautiful anyway, her well-being did not improve. But she herself did not accept herself. The friends saw that Dana was struggling with herself, that the lack of accepting herself was bad for the family relationship.

ONE OF THE FRIENDS TELLED THAT THE LODZ CLINIC IS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST OBESITY PROGRAM. Willing people, after passing the appropriate tests and talking to a psychologist, were to undergo implantation of a special balloon into the stomach. - I applied and got qualified - she recalls. - When I came to the clinic and found out that I was generally he althy, I had a long conversation with a psychologist who assessed my motivation to regain a he althy weight. This test was also successful for me. I was on cloud nine! I was ready to obey all the dictatesto follow the new dietary rules, says Dana. During conversations with doctors, she realized how much damage obesity causes in the human body. When she heard that the circulatory system was suffering, the joints and that the liver and other internal organs worked worse, she strengthened her decision.

- ON THE WAY FROM WARSAW TO LODZ, I THINKED HOW I WILL FEEL WHEN I LOSE. I did not think about the course of the procedure. It took about 20 minutes to put on the balloon. I don't remember anything and I felt nothing. When I woke up from anesthesia, it was over. I stayed 2 more hours at the clinic to let the doctors make sure that nothing bad was happening to me. The return from Łódź to Warsaw was not the most pleasant, because I was quite sick. But this is a normal body reaction. It lasted for a day and a half. I quickly forgot about these unpleasantness when I was looking at the scale, and it showed less and less - she says. Danusia regained the joy of life. Taking care of Karolina and Jakub became easier and easier. It was nice to play with them, run after the ball. And this looseness in the clothes added energy to further efforts.

ACCORDING TO THE DOCTOR'S DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATIONS, DANUSIA STARTED TO EXERCISE. She did not run to the gym because babysitting did not allow her to do so. However, she found a way to move in order to reconcile the duties of the mother with the duties towards her body. Long brisk walks, 20 minutes of exercise, while the children were asleep during the day. And when there were more duties - the march up the stairs. 15 floors down and up. "You need exercise to keep your muscles and skin in shape," she explains. - I exercise all the time because I don't want to look like an old woman after losing weight. I have already lost 11 kg, and I have two months to remove the balloon, so I think it will be possible to lose 6 kg more. The doctor told Dana that the balloon was not a cure for obesity. It only makes it easier to change your eating habits.

- BEFORE PUTTING ON THE BALLOON, I NEVER EATED BREAKFAST. OFTENLY I EATED THE FIRST MEAL FOR JUST APPROXIMATELY. 14 and then I could eat the proverbial horse with hooves. Of course, in the evening I also did not avoid eating. The balloon taught me how to eat differently. My day starts with a glass of water and a light and not too rich breakfast. I eat 4-5 times a day, but in small portions. When I eat something heavy, fatty - the body rebels. I have heartburn right now, I have a rebound and a slight stomach ache. This is the punishment for my greed. A balloon reduces the capacity of the stomach by a third, so it automatically eats less. But it doesn't stop there. You have to switch to he althy eating, give up fatty, fried and hard-to-digest dishes. Once upon a time, I thought it was important not to be hungry. After manyAt the clinic meetings, I understood the meaning of saying that we are what we eat.

- NOW I CAN CHOOSE FOOD AND FOOD INGREDIENTS THAT ARE REALLY HEALTHY, have a low glycemic index that serves the body. I know what mistakes to avoid and I apply these rules in my home. Half a year ago, Danusia avoided meetings with relatives and friends. She ran away from people. She couldn't buy clothes, she couldn't wear high heels, which she likes so much, because her joints couldn't stand it. Now it's beaming. She is full of energy and joy in life. What will happen after the balloon collapses? "Everything will depend on me," he says. - I hope that I will remember these lessons, that I have learned to eat he althy and that my weight will be maintained. I will not overeat, please my palate, because I know the price to pay for it. I'm determined. I want to be slim and he althy.

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For whom is the stomach balloon (BIB)?

The gastric balloon can be implanted, i.e. implanted in patients: who are slightly overweight, in whom other methods of weight reduction did not bring results, patients with obesity with BMI 30-40, and patients with extremely obesity (BMI 60+ ) as one of the steps in preparation for bariatric surgery. The balloon placement is a non-surgical procedure, it takes 20-30 minutes. It is performed in the so-called short anesthesia, under the control of an endoscopic camera. A probe with a balloon is inserted into the stomach and it is filled with saline, which turns blue so that in the event of a rupture (this is extremely rare) the patient can see what has happened. The blue color of the urine indicates that the balloon has burst. After a few hours' stay at the clinic, the patient returns home. After a maximum of 6 months, the balloon is removed. A probe is inserted into the stomach, the fluid in the balloon is sucked out, and then the doctor takes the balloon with a suitable tool and takes it out of the stomach.

Contraindicationsto the procedure is an active gastric or duodenal ulcer disease, inflammation of the esophagus, Crohn's disease, esophageal or gastric varices, congenital or acquired intestinal telangiectasia, large hiatal hernia, lesions in the esophagus, gastric surgery (including bariatric), mental disorders, alcohol and drug addiction. The procedure is not performed in people with kidney, liver and lung diseases and those treated with steroids. You cannot undergo it during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

The diet is fluid for the first 3 days after attaching the balloon. It consists of fruit juices, non-carbonated mineral water, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, rare puree soups, jellies. Drinks are forbiddencarbonated and alcohol. You also need to protect yourself from excessive physical exertion. Then semi-liquid dishes are introduced to the menu, and after about 2 weeks also solid dishes. Just putting on a balloon does not make you slimmer. It is necessary to limit portions quantitatively and reduce their calorific value, and to be physically active.

The treatment is not reimbursed by the National He alth Fund. The price is 6-7 thousand. PLN.

Important supports safe treatment and a dignified life of people suffering from obesity.
This article does not contain discriminatory and stigmatizing content for people suffering from obesity.

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