Intragastric Balloon

Intragastric balloons are space-occupying devices which replace gastric luminal volume and may distend the stomach, potentially inducing neurohormonal effects and changes in motility. Application of intragastric balloon therapy should be performed in the context of weight reduction program that extends beyond balloon explantation.

The balloon is removed after one year, weight loss should be maintained to the extent possible using the dietary habits, lifestyle changes, and behavioral modification instilled while the balloon is in place. Literature reviews have shown up to 20% excess weight loss at balloon removal in around 80% patients.