Mary Ulery heard about the ORBERA® balloon weight-loss procedure at Centegra Healthy Living Institute while listening to a radio program
After she’d heard a couple of features about balloon-type weight-loss techniques, Ulery said her interest was piqued immediately. ORBERA® is an intragastric balloon placed inside the stomach that restricts how much a person can eat at one sitting. It offers the same effect as bariatric surgery but without surgery.
“Since the procedure, I feel so good about myself,” Ulery said. “It’s a great feeling. My depression is better, I have improved self-esteem and I actually know now with certainty that I don’t have health problems. I feel comfortable going to the doctor. My bloodwork is normal. I don’t have diabetes. I don’t have high blood pressure and it’s a good thing.”
Ulery said her goal is just to take it one day at a time and continue the healthy habits she’s developed to maintain a healthy lifestyle with food and keep the weight off.
When patients undergo the intragastric balloon procedure through Centegra Healthy Living Institute they receive much support from a team of experts led by Dr. Amir Heydari. The support even includes a one-year membership to Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center.
“There are so many opportunities that a person can take advantage of at the Centegra Healthy Living Institute, and I took advantage of them,” Ulery said. “I’ve been able to grow and to advance, and now I do group fitness classes. I just started participating in a spin class and this past November I did my first 5K.”
Since Ulery’s procedure in November 2015 she has lost 85 pounds.
Ulery said her experience with the Centegra weight-loss team has been “fantastic. They are excellent professionals and experts in what they do. Successful weight loss requires an emotional commitment, and it requires a physical commitment. I’ve received support from day one, and I have support that’s there for me today if I need it. I would say the ORBERA® procedure is a perfect alternative to surgery.”
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