Intragastric Balloon Procedure
The Intragastric Balloon is a soft yet durable silicone balloon that is designed to assist adult patients with obesity, in losing and maintaining weight. It is intended for adult patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40 who have attempted more conservative weight reduction alternatives.
The balloon is part of the Managed Weight Loss System - a comprehensive, non-surgical two- part program that starts with the durable balloon filling space in a patient’s stomach to reinforce proper portion control.
- In a non-surgical procedure typically done under a mild sedative, the thin and deflated balloon is placed into the stomach. It is then filled with saline until it’s about the size of a grapefruit. The procedure normally takes about 20-30 minutes and people can generally go home the same day.
- Once the balloon is in place, the 12-month coaching program begins.
- At six months, the balloon is removed in the same way it was placed. Through a non-surgical procedure done under a mild sedative, it is deflated and then removed.
Data collected in a U.S. clinical trial has shown the average person lost 3.1 times the weight as compared with diet and exercise alone within six months.
The procedure is an incision-less, non-surgical solution for patients who are not appropriate for or considering invasive surgery, but for whom diet & exercise or pharmaceutical interventions have not worked.
For many, the weight-loss journey leaves them with little support or options in the gap between diet and exercise modifications and surgery. This is a safe and effective weight-loss solution with more than 300,000 placements worldwide.
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The balloon procedure is an exciting development to help provide patients with less invasive options that can assist them in reaching their long-term weight loss goals.