Americans journey to Canada for intragastric balloon surgery

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that many US patients anxious to lose weight are traveling across the Canadian border to undergo an operation in which an intragastric balloon is “filled with liquid and left in the stomach for up to six months.”

The balloon “is not approved for use in the United States, though it’s available in Europe, South America and other parts of the world. “Clinical trials required to win federal Food and Drug Administration approval are being initiated, but many Americans aren’t waiting.”

Canadian clinics report that approximately a third of patients undergoing intragastric balloon insertion are from the US.

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2 Responses to Americans journey to Canada for intragastric balloon surgery

  1. So the question is always do people sustain the weight loss associated with this procedure? Having conducted pre-surgical evaluations in the us in the past, the need for a more integrated approach still remains. Why people overeat is as important as how much they overeat. Both must be addressed and surgery may not address the WHY.

  2. Dr. Walt says:

    Linda, as usual, you are spot on. Well said.


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