Gastric balloon pill launched in UK

Most of the UK media has got rather overexcited about the UK launch of Obalon, a gastric balloon in pill form that can be swallowed to help overweight people achieve rapid weight loss without invasive surgery. The Obalon pills are designed to be inflated into balloons in the stomach, reducing the free volume of the stomach and therefore how much a person can eat before they feel full. Intra-gastric balloons are not new, and are sometimes provided to extremely obese people through the NHS, although these often have to be surgically implanted. Obalon has been approved in Europe for overweight and obese adults, but in the UK is currently only available privately. It is designed to be used for a maximum period of three months. But as a course of three balloons can cost up to £4,000, is this new treatment a good option?   What is the Obalon balloon device and how does it work? The device is made by a company also called Obalon. It comprises three lightweight balloons that are placed in the stomach over a 12-week period. The number of balloons used can be tailored to the person’s weight loss progress, with a single balloon placed in the stomach initially and additional balloons added if needed. Each balloon is contained in a capsule or pill, attached to a tiny tube that is used to inflate the balloon once in the stomach.   Who is the Obalon balloon suitable for? The balloon is designed to be used by people with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or a...
Source: NHS News Feed - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Obesity QA articles Source Type: news

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Source: Expert Review of Hematology - Category: Hematology Tags: Expert Rev Hematol Source Type: research
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