IntraGastric Balloon

Obesity remains rampant across Unites States and other countries worldwide. Advancement in IntraGastric Balloon (IGB) Weight Loss System can solve the problem for many people with weight problem. A balloon is a non-surgical procedure inserted through the mouth and throat into the stomach to partially fill it up. As a result, the patient feels full faster and stay full longer. The individual learns portion control, and with support can develop sustainable health habits for successful long-term weight loss. It is shown that gastric balloon leads to three times more weight loss than diet and exercise alone.

There are four major IGB systems available across the globe:

  • Orbera Weight Loss Management System
  • Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon
  • Duo-Balloon
  • Obalon

Aside from Obalon, the other systems are inserted into the stomach with endoscope with a mild sedation. Obalon is a new device that can be swallowed instead. All balloon systems are saline filled except Obalon that is gas-filled. Also all devices are FDA-approved except Spatz3, that is approved overseas. Only Spatz3 balloon is adjustable and can be kept in the stomach for 12 months. The rest are kept for six months or less (Obalon is 90 days).

The first few days (3 to 5 days), there is a feeling of nausea and cramp that goes away shortly. The medicine can be used to minimize the uncomfortableness. Gastric or bowel obstruction or spontaneous deflation can occur.

To qualify, you must be over 18 years and BMI of 30 to 40. If the balloon is used to jump start weight loss for patient to be able to get a surgical procedure like, gastric sleeve or bypass, the BMI can be more.

To use this tool most effectively,

  1. Hydration - water, water, water
  2. Exercise - lower and upper body
  3. Protein - 6o mg per day for women and 80 mg per day for men
  4. No snacking or grazing
  5. Supplements
  6. Support from Dietitians, etc.