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Minerva Medica 2006 February;97(1):51-64

language: Italian

Benefit from bio-enteric Intra-gastric balloon (BIB) to modify lifestyle and eating habits in severely obese patients eligible for bariatric surgery

Zago S., Kornmuller A. M., Agagliati D., B. Saber , Ferrari D., Maffeis P., Labate M., Bauducco E., Manghisi L., Martignone L., Spanu M., Rovera G. M.

Ospedale Valdese di Torino, ASL 1, Torino


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Aim. The therapeutic model for severe obesity includes bariatric surgery, representing the safest way to keep weight down and to prevent relapses. The selection of patients for the most suitable type of surgery implies multidisciplinary approach (nutritionist, dietist, clinical psychologist and surgeon). The intragastric balloon may represent a relatively invasive method to help the medical team to select and prepare severely obese patients for restrictive bariatric surgery.
Methods. In our study we considered 48 severely obese patients: initial weight 111±14.8 kg, BMI 43±5.02, excess weight 77.47±16.14%. These patients have been treated with intragastric balloon (BIB) filled to a volume of 500 cc for 6 months. We considered variations induced by BIB treatment on a number of parameters - clinical, anthropometric, food intake, partition of nourishing elements and psychological and psychometric data.
Results. At the end of the treatment the patients showed significant reductions of excess weight (67.35±20.19%), of weight (103.4±16.72 kg) and food intake, without modification of the items in the EDI2 test, but with important motivational support for a change in life style between the beginning and the end of the treatment, clearly resulting from the medical, dietist and clinical-psychological follow-up.
Conclusion. BIB is a relatively invasive means capable of modifying eating habits in the short term; it induces weight loss, may help to reduce the anaesthesiological risk and to foster a change in the patient’s behaviour. In our experience treatment with BIB is useful from the educational point of view and can be used to select patients for bariatric surgery only within a multidisciplinary team. Further clinical studies are necessary.

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