Two Gastric Balloons May Be Better than One
For patients undergoing weight loss surgery, results were better with the insertion of two gastric balloon implants than the results with just one balloon.
A dual-balloon implant helped patients lose more weight than diet and exercise alone, with a reasonable safety profile, researchers said here.
In the REDUCE trial, the ReShape Duo intragastric dual-balloon helped patients shed a larger proportion of their body weight than those who had a sham procedure, Jaime Ponce, MD, of Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Ga., and colleagues reported at the Obesity Week meeting.
No gastric balloon is approved for use in the U.S., although there are some on the market in Europe and South America. Disastrous trials from the 1980s of other intragastric balloons, which involved serious complications and some deaths, have caused U.S. researchers to shy away from the technology.
But the current device seeks to prevent some of those complications by including two balloons instead of one. The idea is that should done balloon rupture, the other will
keep it “afloat” in the stomach so that it prevents the device from migrating into the small bowel and causing an obstruction or perforation, Ponce said.
He added that there’s also an “alert” system in case one of the balloons does rupture: they’re filled with a dye that will turn the urine blue or green if it’s released into the gastroFor their study, Ponce and colleagues randomized 326 patients with a body mass index of 30-40 kg/m2 to either endoscopic insertion of the balloon, or to a sham endoscopy. Both groups were also put on a diet and exercise program, and were followed for 6 months, at which time the balloons were removed, and patients in the control group were given the opportunity to have a balloon placed.intestinal tract.
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