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Medical society approves intragastric balloon for weight loss

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery reviewed the scientific evidence and safety on the use of the intragastric balloon for weight loss and decided to add it to its list of approved devices and procedures. A 2017 study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology found patients getting intragastric balloons achieved greater improvements in metabolic risk factors related to obesity than those who had dietary treatments, and the procedure carried a low rate of adverse events.

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