Intragastric balloon (IGB)

The Heliosphere BAG PreOp system is a device used in the treatment of obesity. Intragastric balloon (IGB) placement is a non-surgical, nonpharmacological, ambulatory method of treating obesity which is performed during an endoscopic procedure. The placement of the IGB creates a sensation of satiety and fullness. Another effect is a change in eating habits – with the IGB one can consume without sickness and vomiting only a smaller portion of food than usual. There is also a behavioural change – a change in food consumption behaviour. The placement of the balloon also triggers metabolic and neurological changes evoking the feeling of satiety in the organism. After IGB placement the patient should receive dietary guidance of a nutritionist. The volume of the Heliosphere BAG balloon is 550 cm3 (10 cm in diameter). The lightness of the air-filled Heliosphere balloon limits nausea and vomiting (less than 30 grams).

Heliosphere BAG PreOp is intragastric balloon filled by air – by Helioscopie. For your comfort you can undergo the procedure in heavy sedation (client is more relaxed, not stressed). To avoid strong sickness during and after the procedure you will be given special medication.

Known studies/results:
5 international series, including a total of more than 670 patients, each demonstrate the very good efficacy of the Heliosphere intragastric balloon in addition to clearly improved tolerance. Measured weight loss was between 9 and 24 kg in period of 6 months.

IGB is not suitable for:

  • persons with obesity factor less than BMI 29.9
  • patients after complicated abdominal surgeries and gynaecological surgeries where there is a risk of abdominal adhesions
  • patients with inflammatory diseases of the digestive system (oesophagitis, stomach inflammation, inflammatory bowel diseases – Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis)
  • patients with gastric or duodenal ulcers
  • patients under the risk of potential bleeding in the upper part of the oesophagus (oesophageal and gastric varices, congenital vascular anomalies, aspirin or warfarin therapy, corticoids)
  • patients with large diaphragmatic hernia
  • patients with psychiatric disorders, epilepsy and uncooperative persons
  • persons with alcohol or drug addiction
  • diabetics on insulin therapy
  • patients with severe kidney, liver and lung diseases requiring a combined pharmacological therapy
  • pregnant and breast-feeding mothers
  • patients who have already undertaken a gastric band procedure
  • patients under 18 and above 58 years of age

Possible risks after procedure

Strong gagging and vomiting may result in injury to the blood vessels at the connection of the stomach and the oesophagus and cause bleeding or a gastric ulcer; due to vomiting mineral balance may be disrupted which may require infusion treatment; there is a risk of a spontaneous deflation of the balloon which may cause obstruction of the gastro-intestinal tract.

To avoid strong sickness during and after procedure you will be given special medication.

6 months after the placement of the IBG the balloon must be professionally extracted! Contact an endoscopic clinic or the facility where the placement procedure was performed.

If you have any further questions, please don´t hesitate to contact us.

To know if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure, please fill in the medical questionnaire. After having information about you we will be able to offer the best procedure, the best price and the operation date for you. Thank you for your cooperation.

Your SurGal Clinic team