A New and Icky Way to Lose Weight

A New and Icky Way to Lose Weight

The US FDA recently approved a balloon system to help people lose weight. It’s called the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System.

This is real desperation weight loss

This balloon is actually planted in your stomach and filled up with saline. Apparently it makes you feel like you’ve eaten and are full. I should think so.

Here are the details on how this works from Medscape

The balloon being inserted.

The balloon being inserted.

“The system deposits a balloon in the stomach, through the mouth, via a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure with the patient under mild sedation, a process that takes around 30 minutes, according to the manufacturer.

The filled balloon with food coming down.

The filled balloon with food coming down.

Once in place, the silicon balloon is filled with up to 500 cc of saline so that it expands and induces a feeling of satiety. The maximum placement period is 6 months, after which it is deflated and removed.

The filled balloon with food laying around it. Yuck!

The filled balloon with food laying around it. Yuck!

The system is indicated as an adjunct to weight reduction for obese adults with body mass index of 30 to 40 kg/m2 who have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise. It is to be used in conjunction with a long-term supervised diet and behavior-modification program, which are to be continued after device removal.”

It seems to work, sort of. People who kept the balloon in place for 6 months lost about 10% of their body weight and kept it off for 3 months after the balloon was removed. What a relief that must have been, not losing weight but getting the balloon out of their guts.

In contrast people who just did a 12 month behavior modification program only lost 3% of their body weight.

Side effects of having a saline filled balloon in your guts for 6 months were said to be “manageable” and no deaths occurred.

That is certainly reassuring but I think I’d rather just drink a lot of beautiful clean water and feel a bit hungry from time to time. My guts will remain a balloon free zone.

Before you decide to try a balloon … try this, it’s much simpler.

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