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Date:5/2/2010

nt at Sao Paolo University, sought to develop a balloon treatment to capture images in the stomach and small intestine using newer features to improve the safety of placement and removal of the balloon. Theirs contained a device wall with two covering sheets, one made of silicon and the other with polyurethane. It also has a valve connected to a plastic tube for inflation, along with another tube containing a needle, which is used for reinflation, deflation and retrieval.

Investigators used a Bioflex balloon (BioB), an air balloon, and inserted it with 600 ml of air over a guide wire on six patients with an average BMI of 35.8 (obese). The guide wire is necessary because unlike other balloons, it does not require manual maneuvers inside the mouth during insertion. Balloon placement and removal were conducted under general anesthesia and endotracheall intubation and removal was planned for six months, or earlier in the event of intolerance, complications or desinsuflation of the balloon.

The balloon was completely deflated at the second month in two patients for whom it had to be replaced. Investigators did not find complications in any patients such as gastric perforation, ulceration, bleeding or acid reflux. The average weight loss was a loss of BMI of minus four.

Another important feature is the connection to a tube with a needle that allows deflation easy retrieval, which permits reinflation, allowing a longer and therefore more productive scan. Since the BioB is an air balloon and the patient does not need to be an inpatient, the costs will decrease. It also allows the use of BioB for long enough to change the habits of the patient.

The study showed that BioB presents an interesting, non-invasive option for obese patients. The balloon is an aid to the obese patient to help them change their behavior, since BioB causes the initial satiety, but that eventually decreases. Satiety can be reestablished with reinflation or overinf
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