Swallowable balloons work to curb obesity: study

Weight-loss balloons swallowed rather than surgically inserted in the stomach are safe and effective according to preliminary trials. Up to now they could only be implanted in the stomach surgically. AFP Photo

PARIS: Weight-loss balloons swallowed rather than surgically inserted in the stomach were shown to be safe and effective in preliminary trials, according to findings unveiled Thursday at a medical conference.

So-called intragastric balloons have been used for decades to help obese patients shed unwanted kilos. Inflated with water, the devices curb hunger and make it easier to diet by...

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