A new adjustable intragastric balloon appears to help obese patients
lose significant amounts of weight and could be more tolerable than
traditional intragastric balloons which must be removed after six
months. Six month data from a pilot study of Spatz-FGIA Inc.'s
Adjustable Balloon System were presented in a poster at Digestive
Disease Week (DDW) 2010 in New Orleans (abstract M1507).
"Our excellent results are due, in part, to our ability to adjust the
balloon to fit each patient's requirements," stated lead investigator
Dr. Evzen Machytka, University Hospital Ostrava, Czech Republic. "We
believe that the results of this study underscore the potential of the
Spatz balloon as a safer, longer-term non-surgical endoscopic approach
to weight management than traditional intragastric balloons used today."