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Gastric Balloon May Be Answer To Weight Loss For The Desperate Obese

November 20, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Swallowing a balloon-pill may prove to be an effective weight loss technique, according to a new study. The “procedureless” gastric balloon is ingested as a capsule – dubbed “Elipse” by manufacturer Allurion Technologies – that is then “inflated” with 550 ml of liquid. In the study, patients who kept the balloon in place for four months lost 37 percent of their excess weight. The device is not considered a permanent solution to weight loss, but it does have the potential to help people who are overweight or obese but are not candidates for bariatric surgery. After four months, a valve opens on its own, releasing the liquid that is then excreted naturally.
Ram Chuttani et al., "The First Procedureless Gastric Balloon: A Prospective Study Evaluating Safety, Weight Loss, Metabolic Parameters and Quality of Life", Research presented at ObesityWeek 2015, November 20, 2015, © American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society
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