The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has added the intragastric balloon to its list of approved devices and procedures, following an extensive review and safety analysis.
Intragastric balloons were approved by the FDA in 2015 for the treatment of obesity in patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30 and 40 kg/m2. The balloon is endoscopically inserted into the stomach and inflated with saline. Patients are advised to follow a medically supervised diet and exercise plan for six months while the device is in place and continue for six months after the device is removed to maintain weight loss.
“Intragastric balloons procedures may fill a treatment gap between medication and weight loss surgery and should be considered a standard intervention in the continuum of care for patients with obesity,” said Dr. Samer Mattar, ASMBS President. “However, insurance coverage for this procedure is currently non-existent. It is our hope that our approval and the body of evidence that supports the appropriate use the device will change that and more people will have access to a new treatment option for obesity.”
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1. A quantitative study of 400 US consumers online. Data on file, ReShape Lifesciences, Inc.