Adjustable gastric balloon helps personalise weight loss: study

Patients with obesity can lose a significant amount of weight with the device although one in six couldn't tolerate it, researchers find

Implantation of an adjustable intragastric balloon for eight months leads to a 15% loss in body weight on average, US researchers report.

Spatz Medical adjustable intragastric balloon

Their study in 288 patients at seven sites is the first randomised controlled trial of the balloon, which allows upward or downward adjustment, although non-adjustable balloons have existed for decades, they say.

The novel device is not intended to be fitted permanently but may be useful to provide rapid weight