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Intragastric balloon as an alternative restrictive procedure for morbid obesity

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Author(s): Kotzampassi Katerina | Eleftheriadis E.

Journal: Annals of Gastroenterology
ISSN 1108-7471

Volume: 19;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2007;
Original page

ABSTRACT
This study was done to evaluate the intragastric balloon Greek population suffering from the morbid obesity. From December 2003 to February 2006, 240 individuals with body mass index [BMI] of 44.1�8kg/m2, initial excess weight [EW] of 62.8�24.9 and mean %EW of 48.5�9.3, were enrolled in a 6-m using weight reduction programme, intragastric balloon. Balloon placement was uneventful. There were 7 patiens who stopped treatment earlier [2 to proceed for obesity surgery, 2 after achieving their desired body weight and 3 because of continuous vomiting]. Another 2 cases experienced a sudden balloon disruption and rejection, one through anus and one by vomiting. The remaining 231 patients had a BMI reduction 38.4�8.3 kg/m2, that means an %EW reduction of 28.5�19.4. This result led us to conclude that the intragastric balloon is a safe and effective procedure for weight loss in the case of patients strongly motivated to lose weight.

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