Hi guys - I'm brand new to the forum and have just bitten the bullet and booked myself in for an intragastric balloon procedure. I know this is still just in the trial stage in the USA but it's available in Canada and is very popular in India and becoming more and more so in Europe.
I've done a lot of reseach and have decided to travel to Prague and have it done by Prague Beauty. For those who don't know much about it it involves a latex balloon being endoscopically introduced into the stomach (via the mouth so no cutting at all) while you're lightly sedated and then filled with a coloured saline solution. The balloon will then stay in the stomach for 6 months before it is burst and removed via the mouth. During the 6 months you have a much smaller stomach volume available, hopefully resulting in weightloss.
I would LOVE to hear from anyone who is interested in the procedure or has had it done as I'm quite nervous about it! The risks are relatively minor although the weightloss is not always as dramatic as other more invasive procedures. I've read a lot of mixed experiences but on balance feel this is the right course of action for me to take. I am 5'4" and weigh 220 lbs (giving me a BMI of 39) so need to lose 80lbs. I'm 30 and refuse to spend my 30s in the same unhealthy unhappy state as i did my 20s (and most of my teens).
Hope to hear from someone! xxx