Anyone who is overweight or obese and has been frustrated with the failure of diet and exercise programs may benefit from the Obalon Balloon. The Obalon Balloon jump starts the weight-loss journey, helping patients feel fuller faster so they consume less food. Unlike bariatric surgery or other invasive procedures, the Obalon Balloon offers a quick, discreet, non-surgical and fully reversible weight-loss solution.
Placement of the balloon takes about 5 minutes and only requires the patient to swallow a dissolvable capsule containing a balloon that is inflated in the stomach. A second balloon can be swallowed after two weeks if needed depending on the weight loss progress. At the end of the treatment period,the balloon is easily removed endoscopically with or without conscious sedation. Studies have shown that patients lost an average of 8.3% of their Total Body Weight and 50% of their Excess Body Weight over a 12-week treatment period.
The Obalon Gastric Balloon is indicated for temporary weight loss in adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27 or greater and should be used in conjunction with a diet and behavior modification program.
Placement of the Obalon Balloon takes about 5 minutes per balloon. Under the doctor's supervision, the patient will drink a cup of water and swallow the capsule containing the folded balloon. Once the capsule reaches the stomach, it will dissolve and release the balloon.
The balloon is attached to a thin tube which allows the physician to inflate it once he confirms proper placement by a simple x-ray. After the balloon is inflated, the physician will release the tube from the balloon and gently remove it out of the mouth, leaving the balloon free-floating in the stomach. The patient is then free to go home or return to work. Based on the patient's feeling of fullness, tolerability and weight-loss progress, an additional balloon can be added after two weeks to increase the weight loss.
At the end of the 12-week treatment period, the balloons are removed endoscopicallywith or without light sedation depending on the patient's desire. The entire removal procedure takes about five minutes per balloon. Treatment with the Obalon Balloon can be reversed at any time during the 12 weeks period, based on physician or patient request.
Your doctor will prescribe medications to help you manage side effects if necessary