Overview and Target Audience:

This course will help surgeons and gastroenterologists understand risks, benefits, expected outcomes, patient selection, placement procedure, removal, pre and postoperative management and prevention/treatment of complications. The three intragastric balloons that were approved by the FDA as a primary weight loss strategy recently will be included. The role of the entire multidisciplinary team to support intragastric balloon patients will be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

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

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

8:00am Welcome
Rachel Moore, MD FACS
8:05am Double fluid filled balloon clinical trial
Jaime Ponce, MD
8:20am Double fluid filled balloon placement, retrieval and management
Helmuth Billy, MD
8:40am Single fluid filled balloon clinical trial
Monali Misra, MD
8:55am Single fluid filled balloon placement, retrieval and management
Rachel Moore, MD FACS
9:15am Gas filled balloon clinical trial
Dino Spaniolas, MD
9:30am Break
10:00am Psychological support of balloon recipients
Paul Davidson, PhD
10:20am Gas filled balloon placement, retrieval and management
Michael V Seger, MD
10:40am US balloon complications
Carl Pesta, DO
11:00am International experience balloon complications
Manoel G Galvao Neto, MD
11:20am Use of weight loss medications with balloons
Holly Lofton, MD
11:40am Closing question and answer
12:00pm Adjourn