Intragastric balloon

For patients who are less than 40% overweight and who are poor candidates for surgery, there is the alternative of the intragastric balloon. It is a spherical balloon made of a completely innocuous and soft silicone material, which is introduced into the stomach through digestive endoscopy, is filled with saline solution and is left floating freely in the stomach, functioning as a space-occupying device that produces the Feeling full.

It represents an innovative proposal that serves for the short-medium term management of obesity, as a temporary help to modify the personal and eating behavior of the affected person. It can also be placed in severely obese patients who need to lose weight before undergoing bariatric surgery.