Gastric Balloon


Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon (EIB)


The balloon partially fills the stomach and limits food intake. Patients report that they have an enduring feeling of satiety. The procedure does not require surgery and is done in a day-care setting.

The gastric balloon consists of soft, well-tolerated silicone that is filled with a sterile saline solution (salt water). The filled gastric balloon creates a sense of satiety. The balloon is generally removed after a maximum of six months.

Typical Patient for the Endoscopic Intragastric Baloon Implantation

-patient with BMI 30-70
-patient who
-does not accept a surgical procedure
-wants a temporary (6 months max.) treatment
-is well-motivated (accepts diet and psychological criteria)
-is no sweet eater
-is no binge (volume) eater
-is no stress eater
-accepts after-care program
-accepts a temporary implant in the stomach
-has no heartburn
-has no poorly-stabilized diabetes type II

Advantages

-the patient feels satiety
-the patient loses more weight on average than with other diet
-the patient is supported by a team of medical experts
-the patient learns how to sustain weight loss
-the patient appreciates the advantages of a non-surgical and non pharmacological approach

Disadvantages

-the procedure is only for 6 months
-some patient do not tolerate restrictive procedures
-nausea and vomiting, especially in the beginning
-strict diet and exercise programme
-low cost/effectiveness ratio

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