A new weight-loss balloon has been launched across the UK, which patients can swallow in a pill. The balloon finds a place on top of the stomach to make the patient feel full and eat less. A soft, durable balloon is inserted and filled through the mouth into the patient’s stomach in a simple, 30-minute procedure under sedation.
The balloon takes up space in the stomach for six months, which helps patients eat smaller meals. Published clinical studies have shown that - provided you keep to the prescribed diet and exercise regime - you will maintain weight loss through dieting post-removal. Once in place, the weight loss balloon is filled with saline to partially fill the stomach so that patients may consume smaller portions of food. It is very likely that the presence of the balloon in the stomach will cause nausea or vomiting after placement. To date, 16 people have had the ReShape™ Integrated Dual Balloon System inserted during non-surgical procedures at weight loss expert Healthier Weight’s Spire Parkway Hospital base.
Dr Theodore Ngatchu, gastroenterology and weight loss consultant at Spire Parkway, has given his backing to the intragastic balloon.
Because of the reduced stomach space, patients feel full after eating smaller portions and, on average, it leads to a loss of two to three stone. The Reshape™ Balloon offers an alternative to patients who are unsuitable, or simply do not want, surgery. Richard Thompson, CEO of ReShape Medical® – the company behind the slimming method – welcomed the success of his product in Birmingham. Participants in a study lost an average of 14.3 pounds with the balloon inserted in their stomach. SILVER SPRING, Md., July 29 (UPI) -- An inflatable balloon device has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to help obese patients lose weight without surgery. Unlike LAP-band and gastric bypass, the new device, called the ReShape Dual Balloon, does not change the shape of the stomach.
The balloon was tested in a clinical trial with 326 patients between the age of 22 and 60 who had at least 1 obesity-related health condition, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
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With a history of reliable reporting dating back to 1907, today's UPI is a credible source for the most important stories of the day, continually updatedA A - a one-stop site for U.S. This Obalon pill is a weight loss treatment unlike other gastric balloon treatments that I did not know existed. Patients swallow a capsule the size of a large vitamin pill which contains a deflated balloon. The capsule is attached to a micro-catheter and, once the capsule arrives in the stomach, the balloon is inflated to the size of an apple.
The balloon sits on top of the stomach, giving patients the sensation of fullness with the hope they then eat less and lose weight. Patients receive a second balloon 30 days after the first procedure, with the option of a third balloon after around 60 days, based on their weight loss and feelings of fullness.
At the end of the treatment plan, which can be over several months, the balloons are deflated and removed during an outpatient endoscopy. Clinical trials in the UK show that patients can lose about 17 lbs in twelve weeks by having balloons replace space for food in their stomachs. In case you were thinking the Obalon pill was the answer to all of your weight problems, remember that it is recommended for people with a BMI of 27 or higher and costs about $24,000 for two balloons.
While I’m sure that this is safe and everything, this sounds like a really scary procedure. See, my first thought was one of those Carmen Miranda-esque hats, but that would have taken too many balloons. It’s intended to help people who are having trouble kick start a healthy diet and exercise regime. I just question whether having a balloon in your stomach is wise… What if it bursts… which direction will the gas escape? There are people out there who voluntarily shove a feeding tube up their noses to lose weight.
It is different from other gastric balloon treatments as there is no need of performing an invasive surgery to make it work. Also, they have an option of the third balloon after 60 days, depending upon their progress in weight-loss.
But, clinical trials in Britain and the US have provided enough evidence that the treatment helped patients lose an average of 7.7kg in just three months. A soft, durable balloon is inserted through the mouth into the stomach in a simple, 30-minute procedure under sedation. Your physician, dietician and exercise physiologist work together to guide you through the process of developing a customized diet & exercise program that supports you in making healthy lifestyle choices.
A smooth, soft saline-filled balloon (about the size of an grapefruit) is placed in your stomach, allowing you to control your portion sizes by filling space in your stomach.

So, if you stick to your new, healthy lifestyle you will be well on the way to maintaining your weight loss.
Over this time they have evolved in shape, size, and design resulting in a modern, durable product, which is now well established as a safe weight loss procedure. Most weight is lost in the first three months, but because the weight loss balloon stays in for six months, you will learn the right amount of food to eat to maintain your new weight long-term.
The BMI approximates body mass using a mathematical ratio of weight and height [(weight in kg ? height in meters) or (weight in pounds ? height in inches x 703)].
The double-balloons, pioneered in California and making their UK debut in our city, are inserted through the patient’s throat.
Instead, a balloon is inserted through the mouth, into the stomach, and inflated with a sterile solution.
Researchers gave half the group the balloon, and a control group underwent the endoscopic, out-patient procedure but did not have the balloon inserted. Scoot over lap bands and other weight loss surgeries, there’s a new procedure in town and it seems equal parts terrifying and whimsical.
I have a normal bmi, so I can’t really speculate how people who qualify for this procedure feel about it anyway. Use of the web site constitues acceptance of the Defy Media Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The best feature of the treatment is no requirement of invasive surgery to place the balloon in the stomach. By following professional health and wellness advice, you can adopt good healthy eating habits and change your lifestyle so you can lose weight quickly and keep it off long term. The 15-minute procedure, involving no cuts, stitches or scars, costs ?4,450 and has been on offer since January.
By filling space in the stomach, triggering feelings of fullness, and possibly by other mechanisms researchers said they don't yet understand, the balloon can be left in for up to six months to help patients lose weight. UPI also provides insightful reports on key topics of geopolitical importance, including energy and security. It became known as UPI after a merger with the International News Service in 1958, which was founded in 1909 by William Randolph Hearst. Weird as balloons in the body maybe, anything that prevents patients be sliced up is, um, something to celebrate. The balloon is combined with a 12-month diet and exercise plan to ensure patients maintain their results. Patients should contact their provider immediately if they experience any severe or unusual symptoms. On average, patients with the balloon lose three times the weight they do with diet and exercise alone.
However, note that BMI measurements in body-builders and athletes may not be accurate determinants of obesity because the BMI does not distinguish between muscle and fat.

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