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    What happens if the intragastric balloon leaks?

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    This is a very rare event but if the intragastric balloon should spontaneously deflate, you may no longer have a feeling of satiety and the physical sensation of the balloon will disappear. If you suspect this may be the case, notify the clinic as soon as possible. A simple abdominal x-ray can determine whether either has occurred. We will arrange for the deflated intragastric balloon to be removed with a gastroscopic procedure similar to how the balloon was inserted. The surgeon will place a coloured dye inside the intragastric balloon in order to help patients clearly identify early deflation by a change in the colour of their urine.

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