System is a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical alternative for the treatment of obesity. The Intragastric Balloon System is designed to provide short-term weight loss therapy to reduce health risks related to obesity or risks prior to vital surgery, or as part of a supervised weight loss program.
The intragastric balloon is designed to assist with weight loss in people who ideally have 10 kilograms or more of weight to lose, or those individuals with a BMI greater than 27. It is also used for people who are not suitable candidates for weight loss surgery. The use of the balloon may assist in reducing weight prior to any surgery, therefore reducing the risks associated with surgical procedures. The Gastric Balloon is the ideal noninvasive alternative to gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery and other bariatric surgerie.
Endoscopically placed and inflated with saline, the Intragastric System balloon (made of durable, elastic, high-quality silicone) partially fills the stomach to induce the feeling of fullness and support patients in reducing food intake and adopting new dietary habits.
It is used in conjunction with a supervised diet and behavior modification program to help maintain weight loss over time after removal of the device, which can also be done endoscopically.
It is important for you to understand that the intragastric balloon is a tool to aid weight loss and must be used in conjunction with diet, exercise and a behavior modification program. The amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how closely you follow your diet and adopt long-term lifestyle changes. Average weight losses of 16 kg over 6 month periods have been reported with the stomach balloon. Average weight losses of 25 kg have been reported over 1 year with the intragastric balloon.