Obesity is quickly becoming the most significant health problem in the world. Since 1975, the percentage of obese people has nearly tripled. Based on the latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 2 billion adults worldwide were overweight, of which, 650 million were obese. It means that of all people over the age of 18, 39% were dealing with weight problems, while 13% were considered to be obese. When it comes to children, 41 million under the age of 5 were also characterized as overweight or obese, while a staggering 340 million between the ages of 5 and 19 were placed in the same category. 

As a direct consequence of these unfavorable statistics, an entire weight-management industry has developed. It means that there are numerous strategies and procedures for weight loss, each with its effectiveness and chance of success. Some of these procedures may require surgical intervention, while others do not. It’s, nevertheless, essential to remember that health insurance companies will not cover a weight loss-related surgery unless one or more non-surgical approach was tried first. 

In this article, we will compare two weight loss strategies, namely the Obalon Balloon and vBlock therapy.

The Obalon Balloon System

It’s important to remember that, as a person gains weight, their stomachs also become larger as a means of taking in more food. It is one of the reasons why overweight or obese people feel hungrier faster or need more food before they begin feeling satiated. 

The Obalon Balloon aims to counteract this problem directly. Fortunately, however, it is a noninvasive procedure where a balloon will be inserted into the stomach. The balloon will take more room in your stomach, making you feel full much quicker than otherwise. Over time, and with a combination of proper diet and exercise, you will be able to lose weight at twice the speed as you would if the balloon wasn’t there. 

When undergoing the Obalon Balloon, you will subject to a gradual placement of three gastric balloons over the course of three months. You will have to swallow a pill, after which the doctor will inflate the balloon inside that pill, roughly to a size of a small orange. After six months, all three balloons will be removed. 

In any case, this procedure is not for the morbidly obese (BMI over 40) or those who had weight-related health problems such as type II diabetes, sleep apnea, or high blood pressure. The most common side effects will only appear in the first few days and include things like nausea, some abdominal pain, or vomiting. You will not have to undergo any surgery or hospital stay; the reason why so many are in favor of the Obalon Balloon System. 

vBloc Therapy

Short for Vagal Blocking, the vBlock therapy involves the vagus nerves. These play an essential role in the regulation of the stomach functions, among other things such as the regulation of heartbeat and breathing. Nevertheless, the role the vagus nerves play on satiety and appetite are not known. 

In short, the vBlock therapy involves the intermittent blocking of signals from the intra-abdominal vagus nerve, with the hope of disrupting the feeling of hunger. It’s important to remember that this is a surgical intervention, meaning that a neuroblocking pulse generator will be implanted subcutaneously (under the skin), as well as a series of flexible leads (18.5 inches long) that will be placed on the abdominal anterior and posterior vagal nerve trunks. External devices include a transit coil, mobile charge, a programmable microprocessor, and software. This system will send high-frequency pulses of electrical current.

It’s important to remember that the vBloc therapy is an invasive procedure and some inherent side effects or complications may appear.


Whatever option you choose, be it the Obalon Balloon system or the vBlock therapy, it’s important to remember that weight gain can reappear if you will not commit yourself to a healthier lifestyle that includes both a better diet and regular physical exercise. 

If you are afraid or don’t want to undergo a surgical procedure, then Obalon Balloon treatments may be your best option. Contact Obalon Doctors for a free consultation today.

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