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A recent publication on the Brazilian experience with more than 40,000 balloons placed provides a consensual view of the state of the art in the treatment of overweight and obesity by intragastric balloon (BIG). According to this panel of experts, the balloon has a wide range of indications, from overweight patients (body mass index [BMI] ≥27 kg/m2), to obese patients who do not meet the criteria for bariatric surgery, and super-obese (BMI ≥50 kg/m2), as a gateway to bariatric surgery. HELIOSPHERE responds to these indications.



1 Rizwan (2022), Retrospective study of efficacy and tolerance of 6 months treatment by Intragastric Balloon Heliosphere® Newtech (on going)

2 Goyal, H., et al. (2021). Endobariatric procedures for obesity: clinical indications and available options. Therapeutic Advances in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 14,

3 Romney (2020), Single center prospective cohort on Heliopshère Newtech (on going)

4 Gollisch, KSC, & Raddatz, D. (2020). Endoscopic intragastric balloon: a gimmick or a viable option for obesity?. Annals of translational medicine, 8(Suppl 1).

5 Espinet-Coll, E. (2017) "Multicenter study on the safety of bariatric endoscopy." Rev Esp Enferm Dig 109(5): 350-357.

6 Rizwan (2017), Intragastric balloon is still an option, but what about its efficacy. Our experience in Doha-Qatar (Poster at the 22nd World Congress Of IFSO, London, England)

7 Coenye (2017), Single center prospective cohort on Heliopshère Newtech (CREGG 2017)

8 Erdem, H., et al. (2016). "Effects of Intragastric Balloon on Body Mass Index, Lipid Profile and Blood Glucose Regulation: A Prospective Study." Dicle Tip Dergisi 43(1).

9 Palmisano, S., et al. (2016). "Intragastric Balloon Device: Weight Loss and Satisfaction Degree." Obesity surgery 26(9): 2131-2137.

10 Houissa, F., et al. (2014). Efficiency of endoscopic treatment with intra gastric balloon in severe to morbid obesity. Medical Tunisia, 92(12), 717-722.

11  Masini, A. (2014). Role Of The Air-Blown Intragastric Balloon (Heliosphere®) As A Preoperative Treatment In Super-Obese Subjects: Retrospective Analysis On 85 Cases. (Poster at XXII Congresso Nazionale SICOB 2014)

12 Kolesnikov (2013). Air- and Liquid-filled intragastric balloons in treatment of obese and super obese patients (Poster at the 18th World Congress Of IFSO, Istanbul, Turkey)

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