BIB - Bioenteric Intragastric Balloon
Intragastric Balloon (BIB®) is a saline-filled silicone balloon with
a radiopaque valve that can be seen on x-rays. It is becoming much
more of a "lifestyle" product in other markets in Europe. It is
easily inserted in under 15 minutes, and takes about the same time
to remove. It can only stay in place for SIX months, after which
time a second balloon may be inserted. Generally, patients only have
one (and occasionally two) balloons. Rarely, very large patients may
have several successive balloons over several years.
suitable for patients who do not want to have obesity surgery. This
is our major patient group, along with patients whose BMI is under
35 (hence are now presently unsuitable for Bands.) It can also be
used to reduce operative risk (e.g. for hip operations, obesity
In general the BIB® is indicated for temporary
use in weight loss therapy for patients who have to achieve weight
Complications of the BIB® are unusual, although it is
uncomfortable for the first few days, and many patients may request
it to be removed. They must just put up with it, as the discomfort
always stops very soon.
You can expect to lose 20% of
your excess weight with this procedure and the benefits of the
surgery are to allow you to change your eating habits in a short 6
month window while losing 20% of your weight.