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Wed, Jun 28, 2017 3:32pm

Mayo Clinic patient first in the nation to receive the Orbera Intragastric Balloon for weight loss journey

By Barham Abu Dayyeh M.D. MPH, @babudayyeh

First Balloon ProcedureIn the United States, two-thirds of the population is said to be either overweight or obese. Mayo Clinic was one of the first institutions to offer a new option for those who might need medical help to lose weight but don’t qualify for weight loss surgery. In 2015, Mayo Clinic surgeons were the first in the U.S. to implant a device recently approved by the FDA. The procedure involves the temporary placement of a special balloon in the stomach and has the potential for lasting results.

You can learn more about the procedure and the journey of the first patient to receive it in this video:

View a follow-up with the patient six months after his procedure in this Mayo Clinic Connect post.

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