The gastric balloon is a non-surgical resource. It is a balloon-shaped silicone device, designed to partially fill the stomach and cause a feeling of early satiety whenever the person eats.
The patient’s commitment during the use of the gastric balloon is required in order to reduce a patient’s weight during treatment and to maintain the loss for a prolonged period after removal of the device. It is important that the person strives to re-form its eating behavior. For this reason, the use of the balloon must be followed-up by a multidisciplinary team, involving clinicians and nutritionists, with the purpose of weight reduction.
Its use is temporary and indicated in the following cases:
- As pre-surgical treatment for weight reduction and surgical risk in obese people with body mass index (BMI) greater than 40;
- As obesity treatment for people with BMI between 30 and 40 who have not lost weight when submitted to proper clinical treatment and with presence or risk of associated diseases;
- As treatment of severe obesity of people who do not accept the need for surgery or who have no surgical indication, or those who do not have a medical condition which requires surgery;
- As weight loss induction for people whose obesity is not severe enough for surgical indication and who have not reached the desired weight loss when submitted to traditional treatments.
Placement of the balloon can be safely carried out at the doctor’s office without the need for hospitalization. The patient is only submitted to usual sedation of endoscopy, without the need for general anesthesia.
With increasingly modern techniques for placement, positioning and removal of the device, the gastric balloon procedure is fast, safe and more economical than other solutions available on the market.