Dr. Gerard has used balloons as a visual aid for explaining procedures to patients, students, residents, nurses, technicians, therapists and fellow physicians for many years. Patients complain that they do not understand what their doctors are telling them, and therefore do not understand their procedures and treatments. The goal of teaching with balloons is to enhance an individuals understanding of medicine and surgery, for both old and young individuals. The goal is to turn a frown into a smile, to make the patient more relaxed and comfortable during times of stress. The balloons are simple to carry in a white lab coat and cheaper than the more expensive models in the doctors office, which are often complex and intimidating. And everybody relates to a balloons.