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INTRAGASTRIC BALL

The Intragastric Ball is used as an alternative for the treatment of obesity, is not surgery or a pharmacological treatment, it is designed to cause weight loss thanks to the sensation of satiety and fullness, reducing the amount of food consumed during a meal due to Partial filling of the stomach upon insertion into the balloon.


FUNCTIONING

This technique involves placing a silicone balloon in the stomach through the mouth
(Endoscopic), deflated, under sedation and without surgery, once inside the stomach, filled with sterile saline, this procedure lasts between 30 to 40 minutes the balloon can remain for 6 months in the stomach.

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ADVENTAGES

• It is a simple and less invasive technique
• No surgery required
• The patient can return home the same day of the procedure
• Is reversible

UNADVENTAGES

• Reflux
• Indigestion
• Constipation
• Colic
• Nausea, vomiting
• Sensation of gas or heaviness in the abdomen
• Abdominal spasms for 3 to 4 days after placement

WHO IS CANDIDATE?

People who are overweight or obese who need to lose an average of 15-20 kg in approximately 5-6 months, either that their excess weight is not much or that they require weight loss for their preparation to some bariatric surgery or posterior aesthetic .

After that time, it is deflated and removed endoscopically without difficulty. Follow-up consultations and adherence to a supervised feeding plan are required.

Indicated in patients with mild or moderate obesity, who have not achieved weight loss with other methods or programs supervised by physicians. It is also used for temporary weight loss in severely obese or super-obese patients with a body mass index greater than 50 to help them reduce surgical risk in preparation for more definitive surgery and in obese patients candidates for high surgery Risk or who simply reject surgery as the only treatment alternative.