Obalon Gastric Balloon
What is OBALON?
- The FIRST and ONLY swallowable, FDA-approved 3-balloon system for weight loss
The Obalon Balloon System is a swallowable intragastric balloon system indicated for temporary use to facilitate weight loss in adults with obesity (BMI of 30 – 40 kg/m2) who have failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. The System is intended to be used as an adjunct to a moderate intensity diet and behavior modification program. All balloons must be removed 6 months after the first balloon is placed.
- PROVEN WEIGHT LOSS
Patients with the Obalon Balloon System combined with diet & exercise lost approximately twice as much weight as those with diet & exercise alone.
- FDA-APPROVED, NON-SURGICAL
First and only swallowable, lightweight balloon system for weight loss.
- JUMP-STARTS Long-Term Results
Average of 89% of weight loss was kept off six months after balloons were removed, when combined with a moderate intensity diet and exercise program.
- CONVENIENT, NO DOWNTIME
The placement of each balloon typically takes less than 10 minutes and requires no surgery or sedation.Obalon Balloon System Q & A.
- What Is the Obalon Balloon System?
The Obalon Balloon System is a swallowable intragastric balloon system intended for temporary use to promote weight loss in adults. This nonsurgical and fully-reversible device consists of a balloon folded inside of a capsule. This capsule is swallowed by the patient without the need for sedation or anesthesia. Once the balloon reaches the stomach, it is remotely pumped with gas small tube which is then removed, leaving the lightweight balloon to float in the stomach. The procedure itself usually takes less than 10 minutes and the balloon is about the size of a small orange.
- How Does the Obalon Balloon System Work?
Usually, 3 balloons are placed slowly over 3 months to maximize patient tolerability and aid continuous weight loss throughout the 6-month treatment period. At the end of the treatment period, all three balloons are removed via an outpatient endoscopy under light conscious sedation. All balloons have to be removed 6 months after the first balloon is placed. The System helps expedite the weight loss process by taking up space in the patient’s stomach so they eat less. During treatment, patients receive professional diet and exercise guidance to help them develop healthy diet and exercise habits. Am I a Candidate for the Obalon Balloon System?Men and women are candidates for the Obalon Balloon System if they have a body mass index (BMI) ranging from 30-40 kg/m2 and are over 22 years of age. The procedure can help patients lose weight but their success is also largely dependent on their ability to commit to a healthy lifestyle. Patients should talk to their physician before undergoing the Obalon Balloon System.Is the Obalon Balloon System FDA-Approved?In a large clinical study, the Obalon Balloon System proved to help adults experience significant weight loss. Some of the side effects patients reported consisted of mild abdominal pain and nausea. When patients combined the procedure with a healthy diet and regular exercise, they lost an average of 15 pounds and some patients even lost up to 50 pounds. An average of 89.5% of the weight lost was kept off after one year.
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