Real-World Experience of Intragastric Balloons for Obesity: Insights from the FDA Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) Database

Obes Surg. 2021 Jul;31(7):3360-3364. doi: 10.1007/s11695-021-05324-x. Epub 2021 Mar 9.


Intragastric balloons have been used to bridge the obesity treatment gap. We aim to investigate the number and type of complications associated with intragastric balloons using public-access governmental databanks. We analyzed post-marketing surveillance data from the FDA Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database from Jan 2017 through Nov 2020. During the study period, approximately 773 cases with 830 device issues and 1134 patient complications were identified. Most balloon complications were due to leaks (33.4%). The most reported adverse events were vomiting (26.6%), abdominal pain (25.3%), and nausea (15.8%). Findings from the MAUDE database highlight patient and device adverse outcomes that should be addressed to improve clinical success.

Keywords: Adverse events; Intragastric balloons; Obesity.

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Factual
  • Gastric Balloon* / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Obesity, Morbid* / surgery