A Lesson in Weight Loss – Teacher’s This Is Your Time

While most people think about losing weight before summer arrives, there is no better time for teachers to spend those 3 months focusing on taking care of themselves!

Teachers are used to putting in the extra effort and working hard to achieve their goals.  Weight loss surgery is just that, putting in the time and effort for long term weight loss.  The most successful method for long term weight loss is bariatric surgery.  There is no better time than now to start your weight loss journey.  Starting during the summer can set you up for a successful surgery during Thanksgiving or Christmas break.

Many patients try diets and exercise and fail time and time again.  Weight loss surgery sets you up for long term weight loss and a new healthier outlook on life.  Procedures like sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass can fix other health issues like reflux, diabetes, joint pain and depression.  The team at Trinity Bariatric Institute will support you and show you how to eat better, get on track with the right vitamins for your body and get in that exercise before and after surgery.  We are there every step of the way with you!

Bariatric surgery is a life changing procedure that can help you live the life you always wanted.  Are you worried about having surgery or costs of procedure? Dr. Dyslin is an expert at minimally invasive surgery, most patients go home the same day or next day.  Our insurance specialists will verify your insurance to see if you have bariatric benefits through your employer.  If you do not have bariatric benefits or are looking for cash pay surgery, we offer competitive rates and financing options for every budget.  Don’t let these obstacles get in the way of your weight loss journey, do something for yourself today.  Call or schedule online, 817-832-7227.

Obesity- Severe Risk With COVID-19

The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be an international public health emergency.  People with obesity-related conditions are at risk and can develop more severe symptoms with COVID-19.

In general, there are many health risks associated with morbid obesity.  Overweight is defined as a BMI of 25 or higher and obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or higher.  Most people with obesity have other underlying conditions such as: Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Heart Disease, Liver and Gallbladder disease, Respiratory problems and difficulty breathing with small amounts of exertion and walking.  These conditions also make it harder for a person’s body to fight infection.

If you are overweight, losing weight may prevent or delay the onset of these conditions.  Losing weight and staying active will help control your blood sugar levels and keep your body strong.  Staying active is important while social distancing.  There are many online exercise programs and walking in your neighborhood is a great way to stay active.  Did you know that just taking a walk for 20 minutes a day can decrease your chances of developing underlying conditions with obesity?

More than 100 million Americans are at a higher risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19.  At Trinity Bariatric Institute, we want to keep you safe, educated and above all, healthy.  If you are looking to lose weight, call us today.  We are still open and caring for patients that are ready to lose weight for good and make a life change.



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Understanding How the Gastric Balloon Works to Help You Lose Weight

If you’re overweight or obese and conventional dieting and exercise just haven’t worked for you, a gastric balloon may be an option. This balloon is placed in your stomach during a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure. The process of getting a balloon isn’t quite surgery, but it has the effect of shrinking your stomach temporarily so you eat less and lose weight.

At Trinity Bariatric Institute, we can help you determine whether this balloon procedure is the right step in your weight loss journey.

How the balloon works

The gastric balloon is swallowed in the office with a series of 3 balloons over a 6 week period. There is a thin tubing attached to the balloon and a hitch is used to inflate each balloon with a dense gas once it is swallowed. Once all three balloons are in place they fill up the stomach, giving you a sense of fullness and less hunger!

The balloon remains in your stomach for about six months, long enough to help you create healthier habits that continue to support weight loss after the balloon is removed. Because your stomach is smaller (the balloon takes up space), it holds less food. You get full faster with smaller portions, thus taking in fewer calories.

Dr. Dyslin does the procedure on an outpatient basis, so you go home the same day. Usually, you’re heavily sedated for the balloon placement, but not placed under general anesthesia.

Candidates for a gastric balloon

Dr. Dyslin may recommend a gastric balloon if you’re classified as obese, with a BMI (body mass index) of 30-40. In some cases, your BMI may be as low as 27 if you have chronic conditions aggravated by your weight. These include diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.

To qualify for the balloon, you should also be able to commit to making healthy lifestyle changes in conjunction with the balloon procedure. Lifestyle changes include increased physical activity, dietary changes, and behavioral therapy.

You can’t have prior stomach surgery or esophageal surgery if you want to be a candidate for balloon placement.

Benefits of a gastric balloon

A gastric balloon is a less drastic procedure than bariatric surgery, such as bypass or sleeve surgery. It’s temporary and reversible. Even if you aren’t eligible for other weight loss surgeries, we may find that you’re the perfect candidate for a gastric balloon.

If you opt for the balloon, your appetite is automatically curbed because your smaller stomach size means you get full on less food. You won’t need additional medications to help you lose weight when you have the balloon.

Diet following gastric balloon placement

You start drinking small amounts of liquid in the six hours following balloon placement. You continue to follow a liquid diet for about two weeks as your stomach adjusts to the balloon. Following this liquid diet, you can start eating soft foods, such as scrambled eggs and bananas. Around week three, your diet can resume a regular pattern.

It’s important that you carefully consider the foods you choose following gastric balloon placement. Since you’re eating less, the foods you do choose should be of the highest nutritional quality. We can help you create a meal plan that supports weight loss, your smaller appetite, and good health.

At Trinity Bariatric Institute, we want to help you lose weight safely and for good. Call our office or schedule a consultation to learn more about the gastric balloon and other interventions that may be appropriate for you.