Balloons have been used to help weight loss since the 1980s. During the years, the procedure was made more affordable, safer, and convenient for obese people battling excess weight. One of the latest versions of weight-loss balloons, Obalon, is the first and only swallowable balloon system of this kind. It combines the convenience of a weight-loss pill and the balloon concept. The balloons take up space in your stomach, which is why you start to eat less and facilitate your weight loss.
What is the Obalon Procedure Like?
The Obalon Balloon is folded in a small capsule which has a thin catheter attached to it. You swallow it with a glass of water, while the trained and certified doctor holds onto the catheter. After you swallow it, the doctor will use ultrasound to make sure that the capsule has safely reached your stomach and inflate it with gas through the catheter. Next, the catheter is removed slowly through your mouth, and you’re all set to go. The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes and doesn’t require sedation. Three intragastric balloons are inserted in total, typically a month apart. During the whole six-month treatment, you need to follow a particular exercise and diet program.
Are You a Candidate for Obalon Balloon Treatment?
The best candidates for the Obalon Balloon Treatment are people over the age of 22 and with a body mass index (BMI) over 30. If your BMI is higher than 40 (extremely obese) or you have had gastric bypass (or any prior stomach surgeries), then you shouldn’t use this treatment.
Balloons can’t be placed in your stomach if you live in a place that’s about 2500 feet lower or 4000 feet higher than what the elevation was when the physician performed the procedure.
Are You Ready to Alter Your Lifestyle?
The Obalon procedure is not a fad diet or “quick fix” for your weight problem but rather something that will help you initiate your weight loss and support the change in your lifestyle. It enables people to maintain a healthy weight over the long term. The point is that your long-term weight loss success also depends on your willingness to change your lifestyle for good, and maintain a healthy weight after the physician removes the balloons. During your first visit to the physician, it is essential to discuss your willingness to accept this long-term commitment before undergoing the treatment.
If you haven’t managed to lose weight through exercise and diet alone, want a non-invasive way to facilitate long-term weight loss, and are ready to follow through the whole treatment – Obalon balloons can help.
What Happens after Obalon?
After your doctor removes the balloons from your stomach, you should follow the customized exercise and diet program. You need to continue to exercise regularly and eat healthy, fresh, and unprocessed food. The results are individual and wholly dependent on how rigorously you follow your post-treatment program.
According to our patients’ testimonials, some people managed to lose twice as much as weight with the Obalon Balloon than with exercise and alone. By the time the treatment ends, you will feel confident and maintain the healthy lifestyle even after your balloons are long gone. The FDA has approved the Obalon Balloon System treatment.