The intra-gastric balloon is a temporary, non-surgical device, the use of which is for 6 months or less. It is designed to enable weight loss when a monitored slimming program has not been sufficient.
Nevertheless, the indications are:
In patients adults with a BMI ≥ 28 kg/m²
- With or not the comorbid factors (HT, Sleep apnea, diabetes, …)
- Before bariatric surgery
- In patients with a contraindication to bariatric surgery
- In the context of orthopedic surgery
There is currently no significant study on maintenance of the weight loss over time.