Obesity Surgery

, Volume 23, Issue 5, pp 730–733

Swallowable Obalon® Gastric Balloons as an Aid for Weight Loss: A Pilot Feasibility Study

  • François Mion
  • Mostafa Ibrahim
  • Sophie Marjoux
  • Thierry Ponchon
  • Sonia Dugardeyn
  • Sabine Roman
  • Jacques Deviere
Brief Communication

Abstract

The goal of this study was to evaluate the safety and the impact on weight loss of a new swallowable gastric balloon. In this prospective pilot study, 17 overweight or obese patients were included. Up to three balloons were ingested under fluoroscopic control. All balloons were removed by upper GI endoscopy, 12 weeks after the ingestion of the first balloon. 43 out of 44 attempts (98 %) to swallow a balloon were successful. Nausea and stomach pain were the most frequent side effects. Endoscopic procedures for balloon removal were uneventful. Weight loss was significant at weeks 4, 8, and 12. This pilot study showed no significant side effects induced by up to three balloons, and a significant weight loss.

Keywords

Intragastric balloon Human Obesity 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • François Mion
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Mostafa Ibrahim
    • 4
  • Sophie Marjoux
    • 1
  • Thierry Ponchon
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sonia Dugardeyn
    • 4
  • Sabine Roman
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jacques Deviere
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Digestive DiseasesHospices Civils de Lyon, Hôpital E. HerriotLyonFrance
  2. 2.University Lyon 1VilleurbanneFrance
  3. 3.Labtau, INSERM 1032LyonFrance
  4. 4.Department of GastroenterologyHopital ErasmeBrusselsBelgium

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