Intragastric balloon for treatment-resistant obesity: safety, tolerance, and efficacy of 1-year balloon treatment followed by a 1-year balloon-free follow-up.

@article{MathusVliegen2005IntragastricBF,
  title={Intragastric balloon for treatment-resistant obesity: safety, tolerance, and efficacy of 1-year balloon treatment followed by a 1-year balloon-free follow-up.},
  author={Elisabeth M. H. Mathus-Vliegen and Guido N. J. Tytgat},
  journal={Gastrointestinal endoscopy},
  year={2005},
  volume={61 1},
  pages={19-27}
}
BACKGROUND Prior efforts to treat obesity with intragastric balloons were thwarted by high complication rates. Therefore, fundamental requirements for optimal balloon designs were defined. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effectiveness, the safety, and the tolerance of a new intragastric balloon. METHODS Adults with treatment-resistant obesity and no GI contraindications to balloon placement were invited to participate in a randomized, double-blind trial of balloon or sham… CONTINUE READING
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