Want to Lose Weight? ‘Belly Balloon’ is Here For You!
A new device was recently approved by the FDA to treat obesity. The product works by making people feel full, staving off hunger and food cravings.
WebMD reported that the new device, called “belly balloon”, was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 28, 2015 for the treatment of obesity.
The product is a temporary implanted balloon that is inflated with sterile solution and kept inside the stomach for up to six months to help them feel full.
The device enters the stomach through the person’s mouth using an endoscope, via a minor invasive procedure. The outpatient approach will require a mild sedative to be administered into the patient. The process usually takes less than 30 minutes to finish.
“This new balloon device provides doctors and patients with a new non-surgical option that can be quickly implanted, is non-permanent, and can be easily removed,” said Dr. William Maisel, acting director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health.