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How working with balloons impacts health

This past weekend, while having dinner with friends, the husband of the couple we were with and I were talking about blood pressure and cholesterol, (which those of you under 40 will be doing someday too). One of my sons, 9 years old, was standing nearby, and later asked me if the man was a balloon twister. I said, no, why? He said, 'Because I heard you talking about 260's..."

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Uterine balloon therapy
(Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, Thurs Jan 25, 1996, picked up from Associated Press Writer Richard Cole, San Francisco)

Uterine balloon therapy: an in-office procedure currently undergoing testing on 250 women in 13 US hospitals, to be used as an alternative to hysterectomies. Has already been performed on over 300 women in other countries, and has been approved in some European countries.

"Uterine balloon therapy uses a catheter and balloon to heat the inside of the uterus and destroy its lining...." " with hysterectomies and any procedure in which the uterine lining is removed or destroyed, uterine balloon therapy results in sterility."

"...test results so far show 25% to 30% of women stop menstrual bleeding altogether, and 50% or more have reduced flow" Dr. David Granger, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine, Univ. of Kansas-Wichita.

Uterine balloon therapy: Done with local anesthetic, takes under 9 minutes, patient can leave within an hour and go back to work the following day, costs $10 to $7,000, less than half the cost of hysterectomy and required follow-up care. Dr. Robert London, Kaiser Permanente)

General anesthetic, several days of hospitalization, four to six weeks of recovery, add high risk of infections, and damage to bladder and bowels. (Dr. Robert London, Kaiser Permanente)

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