Obalon Balloon System

Obalon is the first and only non-surgical, swallowable, FDA-approved balloon system for weight loss. The balloons are placed in our office with no anesthesia.

Over the course of 3 months, 3 buoyant balloons are placed in the patient’s stomach to facilitate progressive weight loss. After 6 months, all 3 balloons are removed through an endoscopic outpatient procedure under conscious sedation.

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.

Payment Information


Insurance approval for bariatric surgery can be a difficult maze to maneuver. Our practice has 7 Patient Advocates who focus on obtaining insurance approval for patients. They will verify your insurance and walk you through any required prerequisites prior to surgery. When you call our office you will be introduced to your Patient Advocate who will work with you until the time you are scheduled for surgery.

If your insurance does not cover bariatric surgery, your Patient Advocate will discuss our cash pay prices and financing options.

Dr. Leithead accepts all insurances, including Medicare.

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