The first and only swallowable, FDA approved 3-balloon system for weight loss


The Obalon Balloon System

The Obalon Balloon System is unique. It is the first and only swallowable, FDA approved 3-balloon system for weight loss. The most unique idea of the Obalon balloons is that they are placed in the office without any anesthesia. The ease of placement and effective weight loss makes this balloon system one of the most exciting options for patients. The Obalon balloon system is intended for adults with a body mass index [BMI] of 30-40. The Obalon balloons are tools that are utilized in conjunction with a healthy balanced diet and exercise to achieve two times the weight loss compared to diet and exercise alone according to a recent study. Overall, the weight loss results and safety profile for the Obalon Balloon System is very exciting. At The Snow Bariatric Center, we are very enthusiastic about this device and the weight loss results.


How The Obalon Balloon System Works

Since the Obalon Balloons are placed in the office, no extensive testing is necessary. At the time of balloon placement, you will swallow a capsule the size of a vitamin pill that is attached to a very small catheter. While watching under x-ray guidance, the capsule is advanced in the stomach. The capsule will then dissolve exposing the balloon. The balloon is then inflated with gas with a special device. The catheter is then quickly removed after the balloon position is verified. The procedure usually takes 10-15 minutes. You can then leave the office and resume your normal activity. In the subsequent weeks, the other 2 balloons of the 3-balloon system are placed in a similar manner. The balloons remain in the stomach and occupy enough space so that you eat very small balanced meals to get a full feeling. What also makes the Obalon Balloon System unique is the balloons weigh less than a penny each, but are the same collective size as balloons filled with fluid [each is about the size of an orange]. The heavier fluid filled balloons can cause significant nausea and stomach cramping throughout the placement time. With the Obalon Balloon System, these 2 potential problems are usually not seen. Changes in lifestyle including healthy dietary habits and exercise are crucial for success. Most patients start to notice weight loss with the first balloon placement. The Obalon balloons must be removed after 6 months. In a recent medical study, an average of 89% of weight loss was maintained after 1 year of balloon placement (6 months after removal) when combined with a moderate intensity diet and exercise program.

At your initial consultation, Dr. Snow will discuss with you further details of the procedure, your weight loss expectations and any conditions that might exclude you from balloon placement. If you are a candidate, you would be able to schedule a procedure appointment for Obalon Balloon System placement. Dr. Snow will also discuss with our dietary and exercise guidelines to further your successful weight loss goals. Participation in our Obalon balloon aftercare program is very important.

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Restart your journey to be the new healthier you with The Obalon Balloon System.