John Libbey Eurotext

Hépato-Gastro & Oncologie Digestive


Gastric balloon in the treatment of morbid obesity Volume 19, issue 7, Septembre 2012


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Hôpital Avicenne, service de gastroentérologie, 125, rue de Stalingrad, 93009 Bobigny cedex, France, CRNH IdF, hôpital Avicenne, 125, rue de Stalingrad, 93009 Bobigny cedex, France, Université Paris-13, 93009 Bobigny cedex, France

The gastric balloon induced changes in the regulation of eating behavior. The balloon causes short-term weight loss and improved co-morbidities associated with obesity. Available data suggest that the effect decreases after balloon withdrawal with time but persists in at least one third of patients initially responding. Several models are currently available, whose fill mode and duration of use vary. The balloon induces frequent immediate side effects such as nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain but also rare complications that can be severe. Learning the techniques of installation and removal must be done in expert centers. The placement of the balloon can only be considered as part of a multidisciplinary approach.