Intragastric Balloon – An aid for non-surgical weight-loss!
A saline filled balloon made of silicon is placed in the3 lumen of the stomach endoscopically. The balloon occupies most of space in the stomach and give the sensation of fullness to the person. Hence the person eats smaller amount of food, but gets the satisfaction of full meal. This method is better tolerated by patients who do not require operation or do not wish to undergo the same. This method is better tolerated by patients as compared to conventional dieting because they do not need to control their hunger or craving.
Ideal indication for balloon are
- Young unmarried ones with mild to moderate obesity.
- Elderly patients not fit for surgery
- As a pre operative preparation for high risk patients.