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.


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 technique for placement and removal.
  • Recognize the complications associated to the intragastric balloon.
  • Identify the available data associated with the intragastric balloon.
  • Evaluate the initial experience in the United States with the intragastric balloon.

8:00am Opening remarks
8:05am History of Intragastric Balloons
Natan Zundel, MD FASMBS
8:20am Where does the balloon fit in a bariatric practice? Will it help merge my practice or is it “competition”?
Rami Lutfi, MD
8:35am How to build a successful balloon practice in the US (Tips on how to navigate on this new market of bariatric endoscopy)
Thomas E. Lavin, MD FASMBS
8:50am What level of evidence does the intragastric balloon have that can be used on clinical practice?
Manoel Galvao-Neto, MD
9:05am Intragastric balloon mechanism of action. A pure space-occupying device vs. “Metabolic” procedure
Gontrand Lopez-Nava, MD PhD
9:20am 6 months after FDA approval. Balloons are a hype, a trend or too soon to tell?
Erik Wilson, MD
9:35am Discussion
10:00am Break
10:15am Optimizing symptoms and AE after implant. Lessons learned?
Shelby Sullivan, MD
10:30am Initial US experience. Double balloon
Shawn Garber, MD
10:45am Initial US experience. Single balloon
Abu Dayyeh Barham, MD
11:00am Bad and rare complications: obstruction, perforation, migration, etc.
Manoel Galvao-Neto, MD
11:15am Technical pearls for implant and explant of the double balloon
Jamie Ponce, MD
11:30am Technical pearls for implant and explant of the single balloon
Manoel Galvao-Neto, MD
11:45am Discussion
12:00pm Adjourn