Obalon Balloon Pill Featured in Nightline
Recently, the Obalon Balloon Pill (Magic Pill) was featured in many media outlets, culminating in a 10-minute segment in ABC’s Nightline. The story follows two patients who traveled to Mexico to undergo generation II Obalon Intragastric Balloon procedure.
Obalon Weight Loss Balloon is an alternative to traditional intra-gastric balloon procedure, an upcoming weight loss procedure. The insertion of the balloon involves swallowing a capsule that is designed to be filled with gas once is inside your stomach. After the balloon is fully inflated, the thin tube attached retracts, leaving the balloon in place. Thus, acting just like an intra-gastric balloon making the patient feel full.
The generation II Obalon weight loss management system, consisting of 3 balloons, can stay in stomach for 3 to 4 months. Obalon Balloon System is ideal for overweight patients who need to lose 30, 40 or 50 pounds. The pill has shown to lose 20% of their body weight after six months.
Obalon Balloon Pill vs Bariatric Surgery
What happens when the balloon comes out of the stomach? Unlike other bariatric surgeries like gastric sleeve surgery, the stomach size doesn’t change so many experts question the long-term effectiveness of the Obalon Pill. The hypothesis that patients will continue with their old dietary and exercise habits – eventually gaining back anything they lost.
The consensus on whether Obalon Pill is a fad is still out.