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JAMA Insights
Clinical Update
December 1, 2020

Gastric Balloons for Weight Loss in 2020

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA. 2020;324(21):2206-2207. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.14862

Effective interventions for weight management that are low risk, reversible, and applicable to the population who are not candidates for bariatric surgery are appealing. In recent years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several such devices, with gastric balloon systems being the most widely adopted. As of 2018, it is estimated that gastric balloons comprised 2% of all bariatric procedures.1 At present, gastric balloon systems are FDA-approved for persons with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 who have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise and who participate in a multidisciplinary weight loss program.2 Understanding the evidence and areas where further investigation are needed for these devices may help ensure optimal patient care, access, and safety.

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