Obesity Surgery

, Volume 19, Issue 10, pp 1456–1459 | Cite as

Gastric Necrosis: A Possible Complication of the Use of the Intragastric Balloon in a Patient Previously Submitted to Nissen Fundoplication

  • José Ignacio Rodríguez-HermosaEmail author
  • Josep Roig-García
  • Jordi Gironès-Vilà
  • Bartomeu Ruiz-Feliú
  • Patricia Ortiz-Ballujera
  • María Rosa Ortiz-Durán
  • Antoni Codina-Cazador
Case Report


The temporary use of the bioenterics intragastric balloon in morbid obesity is increasing worldwide. Generally, this is an effective procedure that helps bring about satisfactory weight loss and improvement in comorbidities after 6 months. However, in some cases, it causes complications such as acute abdomen due to gastric perforation and even death. We describe the case of a type II obese female (weight, 88 kg; body mass index, 35.2 kg/m2) who underwent emergency surgery for gastric necrosis caused by bioenterics intragastric balloon; the patient required total gastrectomy and intensive care.


Obesity Morbid obesity Intragastric balloon Gastric perforation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Ignacio Rodríguez-Hermosa
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Josep Roig-García
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jordi Gironès-Vilà
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bartomeu Ruiz-Feliú
    • 1
    • 2
  • Patricia Ortiz-Ballujera
    • 3
  • María Rosa Ortiz-Durán
    • 4
  • Antoni Codina-Cazador
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity Hospital Dr Josep TruetaGironaSpain
  2. 2.Bariatric Surgery SectionUniversity Hospital Dr Josep TruetaGironaSpain
  3. 3.Intensive Care UnitUniversity Hospital Dr Josep TruetaGironaSpain
  4. 4.Department of HistophatologyUniversity Hospital Dr Josep TruetaGironaSpain

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