Intragastric Balloons and Aspiration Therapy

  • Chetan Mittal
  • Shelby SullivanEmail author


The disease obesity continues to be a major health issue in the United States and abroad due to its prevalence and associated comorbidities. Treatment has consisted of lifestyle intervention, pharmacotherapy, and surgery; however, this treatment paradigm has not resulted in a decrease in the prevalence of obesity in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved four gastric endoscopic bariatric therapies (EBTs) for the primary treatment of obesity. These include three intragastric balloons (IGBs) (the ReShape Dual Balloon, the Orbera Balloon System, and the Obalon Balloon System) and the ASpireAssist System. These therapies provide additional options for treatment of obesity. They provide more weight loss than lifestyle intervention and pharmacotherapy, but less weight loss than bariatric surgery. However, they are also less invasive and carry less risk than bariatric surgery, which may make EBTs a more acceptable treatment to many patients.


Endoscopic bariatric therapy Intragastric balloons Aspiration therapy AspireAssist System ReShape Dual Balloon Orbera Balloon Obalon Balloon System 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Gastroenterology, University of Colorado-DenverAuroraUSA
  2. 2.University of Colorado School of MedicineAuroraUSA

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