Doctors in Britain are offering a new way to lose weight. Patients swallow a pill that drops a balloon in the stomach.
The makers of this pill say it can help overweight and obese patients lose up to 20 pounds in 3 months.
Patients swallow a capsule with a balloon inside and gastric surgeons inflate it to make them feel full so they eat less.
Gastric Surgeon Dr. Sally Norton says, "this balloon will act to educate them about portion size and retrain their brain and their mindset a little.
Health experts warn the balloon is not a magic pill. According to Health and Well-being Expert Tim Bean, "when they take the balloons out, what happens is the stomach hasn't shrunk, so you're left with the same size stomach or possibly even bigger than there was beforehand. "
Manufacturers say the balloon is designed as a jumpstart to a weight loss program. Side effects include nausea and vomiting during the first few days of use.
The balloon is also not a permanent fix. Months after treatment, it is deflated and removed.
Doctors say people may need up to three balloons over months of treatment. A two-balloon pill procedure costs about $5,000. The pill is still being tested here in the United States.