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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1740-1745

Efficacy of intragastric balloon in obese patients

1 Department of Gastroenterologist and Hepatology, Amiri Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait
2 Department of Tropical Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Hepatology, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

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Ahmed A Elbaz
Department of Tropical Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Hepatology, Ain Shams University, Khalifa Almamoon Street, Abbasiya, Cairo 11566
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mmj.mmj_415_20

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Objectives This study evaluated BioEnterics intragastric balloon (BIB) short-term outcomes in overweight patients in Kuwait. Background BIB is a popular procedure that is frequently performed in Kuwait, but with limited publication. Patients and methods BIB was placed according to the guidelines of the manufacturing company. Patients can go home 2 h after balloon insertion on an oral anti-emetic, an anti-spasmodic, and a proton pump inhibitor. Oral fluids can be given for the first 48 h, then soft diet for 48 h, then 1000 kcal solid diet was allowed. Patients were followed for postplacement symptoms or complications, comorbidities, and weight measurement. After 6 months, balloon can be removed. Patients who completed 6-month follow-up after balloon insertion filled up a satisfaction four-point scale from 1 to a maximum of 4. Results A total of 145 patients were included in this study (17 males/128 females), with a mean age of 32.86 ± 9.29 years. Their mean baseline body weight was 97.94 ± 20.49 kg. Median time of BIB positioning was 10 min (6–90 min). There was significant reduction in patients' BMI from 37.15 ± 6.21 to 33.44 ± 6.6 kg/m2. All patients showed no complications, without any mortality. Conclusion BIB is considered a better option for short term or alternative for who refuse or are unsuitable for bariatric surgery owing to its very low rate of complications, as seen in obese Kuwaiti patients.

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