Data Presented on New Intragastric Balloons for Weight Loss
GENERAL SURGERY NEWS – One of the emerging approaches for weight loss in obese patients is the use of the intragastric balloon, and research on several forms of intragastric balloons was highlighted at the 2014 annual meeting of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO).
A balloon for obesity: an option between medication and surgery?
LA TIMES – For many struggling with obesity, taking one of the newly approved prescription medications for weight loss (marketed as Qsymia, Belviq and Contrave) feels like climbing a mountain with a walking cane — it’s a little help, but not enough. And bariatric surgery — a permanent replumbing of the intestinal tract that is expensive and carries the risks of major surgery — feels like a bit too much help.
Expanding the Bounds of Weight Loss: Interview with Allurion Technologies Co-Founder, Shantanu Gaur
MEDGADGET – Over one-third of U.S. adults are obese, increasing their risk of certain conditions including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers. While bariatric procedures are indicated for refractory obesity with certain BMI criteria, those overweight individuals who do not quality are often at a loss for therapeutic solutions. The market for noninvasive innovations for these patients is emerging but is yet to have a consistently effective solution.
Weight Loss In A Pill: Will It Work?
RADIO BOSTON – With 50 percent of adult Bostonians overweight or obese, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino put forth a challenge in his State of the City address this year.
Balloon-pill swallowed with a glass of water and then inflated in the stomach helps seriously obese patients lose weight in just FOUR months
THE DAILY MAIL – But she [Dr Ienca] said although the results were impressive – change in behaviour afterwards was crucial, with patients being persuaded to eat less and do more exercise. “This is the real power of this treatment – combine the kick-off action of the device with the key role of the follow up. The balloon itself represents only a part of the treatment – we aimed to change the mindset of the patient. These are the pillars to be able to maintain the weight lost with the balloon as long as possible.”