Procedure of choice Gastric balloon
Starting weight 11st 5lb
Current weight 9st 8lb
Total weight loss 1st 11lb*
Trigger for weight loss Appearance
Young mum Paula began to really struggle to lose weight following the birth of her two children. Already suffering from Lupus, with a demanding job, 2 dogs, and a horse that take up much of her time, Paula found that, by the end of the day, she was exhausted. Most nights she would curl up on the sofa, in front of the telly, snacking on crisps, with several glasses of wine to help her relax and unwind. Paula’s habitual evening munching, together with eating late at night, due to being so tired, hurt her waistline. Her moment of truth, when she could no longer cope with her size, came when she began to refuse to go out socialising with her regular group of friends. “They would ask me to go out for a meal in the evening, and I just didn’t want to because I felt fat, ugly and old” she says.
"I just wanted a temporary solution, a helping hand to kick-start my weight loss, rather than being reliant on something permanent like gastric band surgery. Within three days of the procedure, I was feeling back to my usual self. The nursing and dietitian support team have been smashing. They’re friendly, they’re helpful, and they want you to do as well as you do; it’s been great.
Before the procedure, Paula weighed 11 stone 5 pounds and with one month to go before the balloon is removed, she has lost nearly two stone*. As a result, she no longer suffers with depression, has more confidence and can wear what she wants*. As far as her health is concerned, although Paula has suffered with arthritis, her decreased size means that she no longer has to endure hip or joint pain*. She is less tired, and far more active* “Rather than jumping in the car and whizzing around the corner, I’ll walk or get on my bike!” she says.
As for the friends that Paula used to avoid because of her size, they have noticed her weight loss, how different she looks, and how much happier she seems. “They say I look radiant” beams Paula. “I’m really happy with the way I am, and the way I feel”*.