25 August 2008

In some cases a gastric balloon is not a suitable option due to a current or past medical or surgical condition, or because of long-term treatment with certain classes of drugs. The following list is not comprehensive, but lists the most important potential contra-indications.
  1. A large hiatus hernia
  2. Previous anti-obesity surgery such as gastric banding or bypass
  3. Previous upper gastrointestinal surgery of any kind
  4. Strictures (narrowing) of the oesophagus (gullet)
  5. Inflammatory disease of the upper gastrointestinal tract
  6. Currently under treatment for cancer
  7. Conditions or drugs that predispose you to bleeding
  8. Long-term treatment with certain drugs, such as aspirin and non-steroidal
  9. Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  10. Long term steroid therapy
  11. Severe heart, kidney, liver or lung disease.
  12. Certain psychiatric disorders
  13. History of alcoholism or drug addiction
  14. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding


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