The idea of using balloons to aid weight loss first began in the 1980s. Over the decades, improvements have made the procedure safer, more affordable, and more convenient for those struggling with excess weight. The latest version by Obalon is revolutionizing non-surgical weight loss by combining the balloon concept with the convenience of a weight loss pill.
How Does the Obalon Balloon System Work?
You simply swallow a capsule attached to a thin catheter. Once the doctor confirms that the capsule is in your stomach, it is inflated to approximately the size of an orange. Over the next two months, two more balloons are inserted following the same procedure. With the balloons taking up room in your stomach, you naturally eat less while still feeling satisfied. After six months, the balloons are deflated and removed using an endoscope. While the balloons are implanted, you also undergo a physician-supervised diet and exercise program. Patients who use the Obalon system and implement physician-supervised lifestyle modifications typically lose twice as much weight as those who rely on diet and exercise alone and are more likely to maintain their weight loss.
Why Choose the Obalon Gastric Balloon System Over Other Competitors?
One of the primary advantages of the Obalon system is its ease of use. The procedure itself only takes 10 to 15 minutes and does not require sedation like traditional gastric balloons. The Obalon system has also been associated with fewer adverse events requiring premature removal of the device than other balloon systems.
Can the Obalon Stomach Balloon Be Used Again if Needed?
There are no studies at this time regarding the safety and efficacy of repeat Obalon balloon treatments. The best option for long-term weight loss is to combine the balloon treatment with a regimen of dietary modification and exercise.
Is the Obalon Stomach Balloon Physically Noticeable?
The Obalon balloons are discreet. Unlike traditional weight loss surgery that requires rather extensive recuperation time, no one needs to know that you have had the Obalon balloon weight loss procedure unless you choose to tell them. After the procedure, some patients are aware of something being in their stomach. The sensation is typically described as fullness rather than actual discomfort. Patients typically become less aware of the balloon after a short adjustment period.
The Obalon balloons are discreet. Unlike traditional weight loss surgery that requires rather extensive recuperation time, no one needs to know that you have had the Obalon balloon weight loss procedure unless you choose to tell them.
Are the Obalon Balloon Weight Loss Pills Fda Approved?
Yes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Obalon balloon system in September 2016.
Who Is a Candidate for the Obalon Gastric Balloon System?
You may be a candidate for treatment with the Obalon system if you are over the age of 22 and have a body mass index over 30. During your initial consultation, the doctor will discuss your medical history and perform a physical exam to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. It is important to note that the Obalon procedure is not a “quick fix” or fad diet. The procedure is meant to help individuals jump-start their weight loss while they implement healthy lifestyle changes that will enable them to maintain a healthy weight over the long term.
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