Several strategies are available to address the obesity epidemic and range from noninvasive lifestyle interventions to medications and bariatric surgical procedures. Endoscopic bariatric techniques, such as intragastric balloons, have become an attractive alternative as a tool for weight loss that can augment the effect of lifestyle interventions. This technical review includes multiple systematic reviews performed to support a clinical practice guideline by the American Gastroenterological Association on the role of intragastric balloons as a tool for weight loss. The systematic reviews targeted a priori selected clinical questions about the effectiveness and periprocedural care of intragastric balloons and concomitant and subsequent weight-loss strategies.
Excellent review. Very useful in decision-making in clinical practice.
Intragasrtic balloon should be used with lifestyle management. The mortality as well morbidity is lessened.
It is an excellent, well formed article. Most of those involved in this discipline should read it. It is well designed, well written, and full of value.
This systematic review carried out with solid methodological criteria provides a good update based on objective data with which to address the doubts of patients with obesity and direct patients to specialized clinics. My experience in this field is limited, but it has been very instructive for me, in order to be able to advise a growing number of patients who ask me about this matter.