Obalon 3-Balloon System
Recently discovered in the United States, Obalon Weight Loss Balloon is the same idea as Intra-Gastric Balloon, but without endoscopy. The procedure involves swallowing a pill that is attached to a thin flexible tube. The tube is inflated with nitrogen gas and the thin tube attached is quickly removed, leaving behind an inflated balloon in your stomach. This creates reduced stomach capacity, which will restrict caloric intake.
The Obalon balloon system is intended for individuals with BMI of 30 to 40 who are willing to follow up a diet and exercise program. Patients with prior weight loss surgery are not eligible for this procedure.
Benefits of Obalon Balloon:
- No Surgery, No Recovery Times!
- Does Not Require Anesthesiology
- Available for Patients with BMIs of 25
Drawbacks of Obalon:
- Since it is gas filled it floats to the top of the stomach
- The size is limited (250 ml) since it is only a capsule that is swallowed rather than inserted endoscopically
- It is giving the same weight loss results as Orbera or Spatz
Obalon Balloon Program
Obalon Balloon is more of a program than a surgery. In fact, the program lasts typically for four months. The first balloon is placed in your stomach for the first 30 days. After a month your body adjusts and to keep the weight loss momentum, another balloon is placed in the stomach to further the weight loss. Up to three balloons can be inserted in 3 months. After the 4 to 6 months, the balloon(s) is punctured with a needle and removed using an endoscope.
How Much Weight Will I Typically Lose?
Most patients will experience significant weight loss, in fact, patients have seen to lose up to 50% of excess weight (EWL) in three months, and an average of 20.1% excess weight (EWL) in six months. This is only obtained with the Obalon Balloon, proper of dieting and a weight loss plan. Many claim that patients can lose 20 pounds in a few months, but research data shows an average of 14.4 pounds weight loss.