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Intragastric Balloon


A SILICONE DEVICE, LIKE A BALLOON, WHICH IS INSERTED INTO THE STOMACH ENDOSCOPICALLY. WHILE THE PATIENT IS UNDER ANESTHETIC SEDATION, IT IS INFLATED WITH ABOUT 500 MILLILITERS OF WATER. THIS IS A TEMPORARY METHOD, INTENDED TO ONLY REMAIN IN THE STOMACH FOR APPROXIMATELY 6 MONTHS.

How does it work?

By occupying space in the stomach, it gives the patient feeling of being satisfied at an earlier stage, which causes the patient to eat less food than what they normally would.

What is endoscopy?

It is a procedure that involves inserting a tube, with the thickness of a pencil, through the mouth and into the stomach. A camera on the tip of the tube allows doctors to observe the stomach on a screen which is used to view and diagnose diseases of the digestive tract, and in this case, allow for the placement of the balloon.

What is anesthetic sedation?

It is a type of general anesthesia where medication is applied through a vein to obtain a state of consciousness where the patient is relaxed, calm and can make verbal contact with the medical team. This helps to avoid pain, anxiety and nausea caused by the endoscopy. It also allows for careful monitoring by the anesthesiologist of the respiratory and cardiac function of the patient.

How long is the procedure?

Approximately 30 minutes.

How long is the recovery?

It is an outpatient procedure, meaning that the patient arrives 30 minutes before the installation of the balloon, remains in the recovery room for 2 hours after, and is subsequently sent home.

Who is recommended for the balloon procedure?

Overweight patients because of its ability to allow changes in dietary habits which aid in weight loss. It is also used in superobese patients, when in preparation for a more definitive procedure such as gastric bypass.

How many kilos can I lose?

On average, 20 kilograms with the balloon (6 months) and 25 kilos with new BIB Spatz 3 (one year), in proportion to the patient’s body mass index.





Dr. Jesús Núñez Hernández

Especialista en Cirugía de Obesidad y Diabetes por Laparoscopía

CED. PROF. 1371863 UAT / CED. ESP. AE: 011111 UNAM


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