The intragastric balloon is a device created for aiding in an obesity treatment; it’s placed through endoscopy without requiring any surgery. The BIB system produces an early food satisfaction and fullness sensation with the result of smaller food quantity ingestion.
Placement requirements for the BIB system:
It consists of a silicone sphere, which is introduced to the stomach by endoscopy; it’s filled with a saline solution colored in a special dye (methylene blue). The ball will be floating freely within the stomach without adhering to the gastric walls. The objective is to work as an occupying mechanism bringing about early hunger satisfaction and therefore in the reduction of food ingestion, and so the reduction of weight will be obtained, at the same time as the patient receives nutritional consultation to reorganize his/her nutritional habits, in an approximated period of 6 months the balloon is removed once it has fulfilled the objective of weight loss and with an improvement in nutritional habits.
In general, weight loss with the BIB system is from 10-20kgs., depending if you are treatment correctly. In case of the intragastric balloon suffering any damage, the patient can notice this situation since the blue substance with which was filled is eliminated through the urine. In this circumstance the patient will have to go to his/her doctor without the worry of being an emergency.