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Intragastric balloon as an alternative restrictive procedure for morbid obesity

Author(s): Kotzampassi Katerina | Eleftheriadis E.

Journal: Annals of Gastroenterology
ISSN 1108-7471

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

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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