What is Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon method for weight reduction ?
The BIB® (or Bioenterics Intragastric Baloon )System is a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical aid in the treatment of obesity. In conjunction with a supervised diet and behaviour modification program, it can help you achieve the health and aesthetic benefits associated with weight loss.
Am I a good candidate for BIB® ?
If you are at least 40% above your ideal weight and who have failed to obtain prolonged weight loss with other weight control programs, you may be a good candidate.
The BIB® System may be particularly useful for people considered too overweight or at increased risk for vital surgery. The use of the BIB® System to successfully reduce weight prior to surgery may help reduce the risks associated with surgical procedures on overweight patients.
How Does the BIB System Work ?
The BIB System is designed to make compliance with a supervised diet and behavior modification program easier. The balloon partially fills the stomach and patients report that they have a feeling of fullness.
How Is the BIB System Balloon Placed in the Stomach ?
The balloon is introduced into the stomach through the mouth without the need for surgery. The physician conducts an initial examination of the stomach using an endoscopic camera. If no abnormalities are observed, the physician proceeds with placement of the balloon through the mouth and down the oesophagus into the stomach. The balloon is made of a soft and pliable silicone elastomer material and is inserted while in its smallest, deflated form. The swallowing process is made easier with the help of anaesthetics applied topically to numb the throat area. Muscle relaxing medications are also used.
Once the balloon is inside the stomach, it is immediately filled with sterile saline through a small filling tube (catheter) attached to the balloon. Once filled, the doctor removes the catheter by gently pulling on the external end. The balloon has a self-sealing valve, and at this point the balloon is floating freely in the stomach.
Placement times vary but it will usually take 20-30 minutes, after which you will be monitored by the physician for a short time and then may return home.
How Will the BIB System Balloon Be Removed ?
The balloon is normally removed in the same way it was placed, via the oesophagus and mouth. Prior to removal, you will be given a muscle relaxant and a topical anesthetic will be applied to numb the throat. Using an endoscopic camera, the physician will introduce a catheter through the mouth and into the stomach. The balloon will then be punctured and deflated. Once the balloon is deflated it can be grasped and removed.
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