An Herbst appliance, also called a Herbst ring, is a type of internal abdominal compression device used in gynecology to treat uterine disorders including fibroids, endometriosis, and uterine prolapse. In fact, if you have any of these conditions and your doctor has recommended surgery or mentioned the possibility of surgery, then an Herbst ring might be an alternative treatment to consider. Let’s take a closer look at what it does and how it works…
What To Expect With A Herbst Device?
If you or someone you know is wearing a Herbst device, here’s what to expect: You will have something fitted to your abdomen that restricts your stomach from expanding. This is accomplished through various methods; some devices fit tightly around your waist while others require surgical insertion of an implant. Your health-care team will talk with you about your weight-loss goals and work with you to figure out which device might be best for your situation. Once it’s implanted, there are few restrictions on physical activity – one of these devices isn’t going to affect how hard you can work out at the gym or during recreational activities.
You’ll likely need to wear loose clothing over your incision site until it heals. And if you start losing too much weight too quickly, your doctor may recommend refitting or removing your device early. Most people who wear a Herbst device lose between 15 and 20 pounds in their first month after surgery. The average patient loses more than 50 pounds within six months and more than 80 pounds within 12 months! As you approach your ideal weight, your doctor will help you decide when to remove your device.
In most cases, you’ll want to wait until you reach a healthy body mass index (BMI) range before removing your device. In rare cases, patients choose to keep their device permanently. There is no limit on how long you can keep it in place as long as it continues working well for you and as long as your BMI remains under 35 percent. For example, if your initial BMI was 40 percent, once you reach 35 percent (or 140 pounds), removal would be recommended by most doctors.
Why Use The Herbst Appliance?
The Herbst device, also called an elastic belt or vest, is worn by men with erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. The large elastic belt, made of Lycra/spandex-like material, tightly fits around your hips. As you get aroused during sex, blood vessels near your penis enlarge to fill extra capacity in your erectile chambers. The tightening of these vessels triggers a reflex that forces you to ejaculate—without orgasm if it’s placed correctly. .
This reduces or eliminates premature ejaculation while preserving other aspects of your sexual experience. If you are looking for ways to treat erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, talk to your doctor about whether an Herbst device might be right for you. For more information on how to wear and use an Herbst device, see our guide here.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Using an Herbst Device: Putting on Your Herbst Device: Start by getting naked and find a place where you can spread out. To begin putting on your device, lay down supine (on your back) with one leg up toward your chest. Slide one end of the waistband over one hip then wrap it across your stomach toward your opposite hip (it should look like half of a belt). Now repeat for other side. Once both ends meet at top of waistband, slide through clasp at middle until snug but not tight.
Do I Have To Clean The Herbst Appliance?
This is an area that patients are often confused about. You don’t have to clean your tooth implant before or after meals, but you should pay close attention to how you brush and floss around it. It’s best to brush up and down rather than sideways for maximum effectiveness. Remember, avoid cleaning with sharp objects or abrasive products around your implant—this can damage your device!
Instead, reach for a soft-bristled toothbrush, like Colgate® 360°®, along with nonabrasive toothpaste like Colgate® ProClinical® Plaque Control Toothpaste to take care of plaque build-up and tarter formation around your devices. You may also want to consider using a dental irrigator (water pic) in addition to brushing and flossing to help reduce bacteria in between teeth. If you notice any redness, swelling, or pain around your gum line, contact our office immediately.
These symptoms could be signs of peri-implantitis (inflammation around implants). Which is not only painful but could lead to further complications if left untreated. If you experience any of these symptoms while using a fixed dental prosthesis (like an implant). Contact our office immediately as we may need to change something in your treatment plan.
Does Getting A Herbst Appliance Hurt?
What’s important to know about getting an x-ray for a broken bone is that it’s painless. Patients will be given a local anesthetic to numb their gums and lower jawbone. So they won’t feel anything when they’re biting down on the machine. (The nurse or doctor will also hold your chin down while you bite.) The machine then sends out two rays of X-rays through your mouth. Sending them straight through your skull and into your jaw.
This allows doctors to get an accurate picture of how your jaw was fractured, which makes treatment much more effective.  In addition, if you need surgery to correct any other injuries around your mouth or face as well. X-rays can help ensure accuracy and effectiveness before getting started. So, yes: Getting an x-ray for a broken jaw does hurt but only. Because you have to bite down hard enough on something metal and cold. But don’t worry: It’ll all be over in less than five minutes! And once you’ve healed up, you’ll never even remember having to go through such discomfort. You may experience some soreness after your procedure, but it should subside within a few days. If not, contact your doctor immediately.
You may also notice some bruising where your dentist or orthodontist made impressions of your teeth. During initial visits this should disappear within one week too. Otherwise, there shouldn’t be any lingering side effects from getting an x-ray for a broken jaw. Just take care not to chew on that side until it heals completely!