The intragastric balloon is a treatment for obesity without surgery. This procedure is carried out in 20 minutes. The process involves placing, through the esophagus (endoscopy) a ball in the stomach, which will fill saline. The saline solution is added to a colored compound (methylene blue).
The intragastric balloon remains lodged in the stomach for six months in which the patient carries out an absolutely normal life. The difference is that when you sit down to eat, you won’t feel as hungry or have much of an appetite and so a lower food intake will take place. Here lies the success of the intragastric balloon as being satiated food intake is reduced and, by reducing what you eat, the extra kilos and the harm to the patients health are both reduced too.