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The Intragastric Balloon is an alternative non-surgical, non-pharmacological system for treating obesity. The Allergan Intragastric Balloon System (BIB System) is designed to produce a temporary weight loss in obese patients, by partially filling the stomach and helping them to experience a sensation of fullness.

The Intragastric Balloon is a soft silicone balloon which is inserted endoscopically (through the mouth) into the stomach, with no surgery required. The balloon is then filled with saline solution and methylene blue according to the patient’s capacity, using a total volume of 400 to 700 cc, which produces a sensation of satiety or lack of hunger. This balloon is made of high quality silicone, which is durable and resistant to stomach acid. The procedure normally takes some 15 minutes, does not require general anesthesia and is ambulatory (it does not require hospitalization).

The Intragastric Balloon System (BIB System) is designed to be used in conjunction with a supervised long-term diet and as part of a behavior modification program, to help the patient sustain the weight loss once the ball is removed. After six months the balloon can be deflated and removed endoscopically without difficulty. The Intragastric Balloon System is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately 15 minutes, and is similar to that of the balloon insertion.

 
 
The Intragastric Ballon System is indicated for:
1. Patients that present mild overweight or obesity, with a Body Mass Index between 27 and 34.9 (Calculate your BMI here).
2. Patients with severe cases of obesity that need lose weight to achieve appropriate clinical conditions before undergoing a bariatric surgery
 
You may not be a candidate for the procedure if any of the following medical conditions are present:
1. Pregnancy.
2. Drug or alcohol addiction in the last 12 months.
3. Chronic, long-term steroid treatment.
4. Severe renal, hepatic or pulmonary disease diagnosis.
5. Previous history of gastrointestinal surgery, obstruction, adhesive peritonitis or large hiatal hernia.
 
Dr. Dick Manrique is a bariatric surgeon from Lima Obesity Surgery Center. He performs the colocation of the Intragastric Balloon System. The procedure does not require general anesthesia and is outpatient procedure.
 
 
 
» How much weight will I lose?
» Will I be able to feel the Intragastric Balloon in my stomach?
» Are there side-effects or complications with the Intragastric Balloon System?
» How long will it take to recover after the Intragastric Balloon procedure?
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» Can I drink alcohol?
» Can I eat anything I want? Are there any food restrictions?
» How is the Intragastric Balloon System removed?

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How much weight will I lose?

With the Intragastric Balloon System you can experience significant weight loss averaging between 15-20 kilos; however, your results will depend on how well you follow the program and adjust your eating habits.

 
 
 
Will I be able to feel the Intragastric Balloon in my stomach?
There will be discomfort during the first few days. After that, the primary sensation of the Intragastric Balloon is a feeling of satiety..
 
 
 
Are there side-effects or complications with the Intragastric Balloon System?
The first three days will be very difficult. Cramping, nausea and vomiting are normal and should be expected. It is very important that you follow your doctor’s instructions and drink plenty of fluids. Medication may be available to help ease the discomfort.
 
 
 
How long will it take to recover after the Intragastric Balloon procedure?
You should plan at least three days of inactivity to recover from the procedure. You will be able to resume normal activity sooner or later than this depending on how quickly your body adjusts to the Intragastric Balloon.
 
 
 
How will the weight-loss results compare with other diet programs?
You can expect to lose more weight with the Intragastric Balloon. Because the Intragastric Balloon gives you a feeling of satiety, you are better able to control your eating and make healthy changes in your habits.
 
 
 
Does the Intragastric Balloon System require frequent visits to my doctor after the procedure?
The follow-up program is critical to success with the Intragastric Balloon and in learning new lifestyle skills. You will meet with your surgeon and support team at least monthly while the Intragastric Balloon is in place. During this time your progress will be evaluated and you will learn valuable principles of health, nutrition, and exercise that will provide you a foundation for long-term success.
 
 
 
Does the Intragastric Balloon System limit activity?
The first week you should not plan any heavy activity. Once your body has adjusted to the Intragastric Balloon, you can continue your normal activities. Starting a regular exercise program is highly recommended and will improve your success.
 
 
 
What happens if the Intragastric Balloon leaks?
If the Intragastric Balloon leaks, you will notice a change in your urine color (it will be greenish). Although very uncommon, this can be a serious situation. If you notice a change in urine color, you must call your doctor immediately. If the Intragastric Balloon deflates, it will likely pass through your body naturally, but in some cases it may need to be removed by your doctor.
 
 
 
Can I drink alcohol?
Alcohol in moderation is fine.
 
 
 
Can I eat anything I want? Are there any food restrictions?
You will not feel like eating as much as you used to. In addition, if you eat fatty foods or sweets, you may feel sick. Excessive overeating while the Intragastric Balloon is in place can be dangerous and can result in a serious medical condition.
 
 
 
How is the Intragastric Balloon System removed?
The Intragastric Balloon is removed through the mouth in the same manner it was inserted. The 20-minute procedure is performed under sedation.
 
 
 
Must I participate in the follow-up visits to be successful?
The Intragastric Balloon is not a magic pill, but a tool to change your lifestyle. Taking part in the program will give you the education and support to change your lifestyle habits and have a better chance for long-term success.
 
 

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