Overview and Target Audience

This course will help surgeons new to balloons 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 will include hands-on experience with some of the most experienced Surgeons and GIs from around the world. This didactic course will be followed by a one and a half hour hands-on lab.

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: • Utilize the indications and contraindications for the intragastric balloon therapy. • Describe the balloon technique for placement and removal. • Recognize the complications associated to the intragastric balloon. • Identify the available data associated with the intragastric balloon. • Demonstrate direct hands-on experience in placement and removal of both intragastric balloons


1:30pm Introduction
1:35pm Standard Technique, Tips and Tricks of Implant and Explant, Gastric Balloon Type 1
1:45pm Standard Technique, Tips and Tricks of Implant and Explant: Gastric Balloon Type 2
1:55pm Airway Protection: To Intubate or Not
2:05pm Break
Hands-on Lab
Lab Faculty:: Thomas E. Lavin, MD FASMBS; Shawn Garber, MD; Manoel Galvao-Neto, MD; Abu Dayyeh Barham, MD; George Woodman, MD; John Rodriguez, MD