The Obalon Balloon System is the only FDA- approved, swallowable capsule for weight loss. It is a non-surgical procedure performed in our office that helps facilitate weight loss by taking up space in the stomach so the patient eats less. The placement of each Obalon balloon usually takes less than 10 minutes and does not require anesthesia.
Over the course of 3 months, 3 Obalon balloons are placed in the patient’s stomach, and after 6 months, all 3 balloons are removed through an endoscopic outpatient procedure using short-acting anesthesia. Over the 6-month treatment program, patients receive nutritional and behavior modification support. New eating habits and lifestyle adjustments should be made after the balloons are removed to maintain weight loss.
How it Works
This fully-reversible device for weight loss consists of a balloon folded inside a capsule that is swallowed by the patient with no sedation or anesthesia required.
Once the balloon reaches the stomach, it is inflated with gas via a micro-catheter that is removed. This leaves a light-weight balloon in the stomach.
Over the 6 month treatment program, you will receive nutritional and behavior modification support. After the balloons are removed, you will need to continue your new eating habits and lifestyle adjustments to help keep the weight off.
You may be eligible
You may be a candidate for the Obalon Balloon System if you are an adult who is 30-100 pounds overweight. The program begins with the placement of the balloons and continues with a diet and exercise program for 6 months, at which time the balloons must be removed.