Overview and Target Audience

This course will help surgeons and gastroenterologist understand risks, benefits, expected outcomes, patient selection, placement procedure, removal, pre and postoperative management and prevention/treatment of complications. The two intragastric balloons that were approved by the FDA as a primary weight loss strategy recently will be included. This course will address the needs of surgeons and the entire multidisciplinary team.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the intragastric balloon as an option for the treatment of mild to moderate obesity
  • Utilize the indications and contraindications for the intragastric balloon therapy.
  • Describe the balloon techniques for placement and removal.
  • Recognize the complications associated with the intragastric balloon.
  • Identify the available data associated with the intragastric balloon.
  • Evaluate the initial experience in the United States with the intragastric balloon.

1:30pm Dual saline-filled balloon fundamentals
1:50pm Single saline-filled balloon fundamentals
2:10pm Swallowable gas-filled balloon fundamentals
2:30pm Intragastric balloon patient selection and management
3:00pm Break
3:30pm Intragastric balloon complications
4:00pm Using medications with intragastric balloons
4:20pm What do we know about intragastric balloon design after 12 years of international experience?
4:50pm Adjourn