Lady loses 53 kg with Spatz Gastric balloon in 10 months

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A Copenhagen-based lady, 47-year-old, lost 53 kg of her weight after 10 months of having a gastric balloon inserted in her fluid-filled stomach. “It’s sad to say goodbye to the balloon, it really did its job – we worked together. The best investment in my life,” said the lady who asked for anonymity. The intragastric balloon procedure that was performed at the Nordic Gastric Balloon clinic in Valby by specialist Haytham Al-Tayar is widely approved to be an effective, safe, non-invasive and cheaper procedure compared to other available surgical treatments for obesity that mostly leave patients with irreversible consequences. The procedure is performed with mild sedation using an endoscope.

The lady worked with Nordic Gastric Balloon staff in choosing Spatz gastric balloon which provides a unique feature of adjustability in terms of size to address intolerance symptoms or insufficient loss of weight, moreover, the balloon could be left in the stomach for 12 months withstanding the highly acidic environment, unlike most of the competitors. Spatz Medical, the balloon manufacturer, gives less ambitious weight loss figures with the usage of the balloon. “Average weight losses of 16 kg over 6 month periods have been reported with the Spatz stomach balloon. Average weight losses of 25 kg have been reported over 1 year with the Spatz balloon,” states Spatz Medical on their website.

Happy about his patient’s extraordinary achievement, Dr. Al-Tayar explained that it’s unusual for overweight or obese people to keep losing weight after the first free-four months without re-adjusting the balloon size by increasing its volume to sustain the momentum. “This patient has been very compliant with our instructions beside she demonstrated a great deal of self-discipline,” added Dr. Al-Tayar. “She’s a superwoman in the gastric balloon arena for sure, and others can look at her as a role model.”

Obesity is considered a major risk factor for several diseases, including cardiovascular, osteoarthritis, diabetes and some cancers. According to a study by the World Health Organization, WHO, conducted in 2016, there were about two billion adults who were overweight, of these over 650 million were obese, and 39% of adults were overweight, and 13% were obese. A body mass index that equals or exceed 25 kg/m2 is considered overweight, and 30 or more is defined as obesity. In Denmark, obesity is higher compared to other major Scandinavian countries, specifically Sweden and Norway. According to a 2017 OCEC’s measured data, in Denmark, the percentage of adults with a body mass index of higher than 30 kg/m2 is about 15, and in Sweden and Norway is about 12. The percentage is higher in England about 27, France 17 and the highest is in the United States about 38. Obesity is on the rise across Europe, and nearly three in five Danes will be overweight by 2030, while more than one in four will be obese, according to WHO.

In February, The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) added its endorsement for the intragastric balloons as an effective treatment for overweight and obesity cases, after reviewing the evidence around these non-invasive procedures.

The lady who lost the 53 kg told Nordic Gastric Balloon staff that she followed the dietary regime given to her by the clinic and that she used to eat only when she felt hungry. The clinic led by Dr. Al-Tayar has helped over 1000 people lose weight in Denmark and Sweden (several others came from Norway, Germany, and the United Kingdom). Several types of gastric balloons are available for people, many of them are approved for use in Europe, including Spatz and Medsil.

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