Obalon Balloon System

Note: We are not performing any gastric balloon procedures at this time. To learn about the weight loss procedures we are performing, please see our bariatric surgery page.

What is the Obalon Balloon System?

The FIRST and ONLY swallowable, FDA-approved 3-balloon system for weight loss.

The Obalon Balloon System is a swallowable intragastric balloon system indicated for temporary use to facilitate weight loss in adults with obesity (BMI of 30 – 40 kg/m2) who have failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. The System is intended to be used as an adjunct to a moderate intensity diet and behavior modification program. All balloons must be removed 6 months after the first balloon is placed.

How it works

How does it compare to other balloon systems?

There are many different types of gastric balloons that exist today in the United States, but how do you know which one is the best for you? Let’s take a deeper look into how gastric balloons are intended to function. These balloons are designed to take up space inside your stomach to limit your stomach’s capacity for food intake. By decreasing the amount of food your stomach can hold, people tend to feel full more quickly and should naturally begin to eat smaller portion sizes.

Gastric balloon procedures are a great option for you if you do not qualify for weight loss surgery or if you don’t want to undergo a surgical operation. The two most popular types of intragastric balloons are the Orbera and the Obalon. Both have been FDA approved and are proven to be safe and effective.

The Orbera balloon is a single balloon that is inserted endoscopically by your doctor and placed inside your stomach while you are sedated. The balloon is made of soft inflatable silicone and is then filled with a saline solution once inside your body. A procedure for an Orbera balloon takes about 30 minutes and will have a few hours of recovery time due to the sedation.

The Obalon method works a little differently. This is a 3-balloon system swallowed in your doctor’s office over the span of a few months allowing you to gradually work up to the fullness. The great thing about the Obalon balloons is their capability of being swallowed since they are about the size of a vitamin pill. A thin tube is attached to the capsule you swallow and your doctor will use that tube to inflate the balloon with gas, rather than saline. After the first balloon is swallowed and placed, you return to your doctor’s office at the one-month mark to insert the 2nd balloon put in your stomach. Lastly, the 3rd balloon is added in your doctor’s office about 2 months after the second balloon.

Another great perk of the Obalon method is quick turnaround time. The whole procedure takes less than 20 minutes and does not require any anesthesia or sedation. Most patients can resume normal activities immediately.

Although some people may say you lose weight quicker with the Orbera balloon, you will still end up losing about 10% of your total body weight with the Obalon system. The Orbera method works slightly quicker because there is one larger balloon filling up the space in your stomach, whereas the Obalon method adds 3 smaller balloons over a period of a few months.

Some side effects of either method include some nausea and mild stomach discomfort that could last up to 2 weeks, but for most patients it subsides within the first couple of days. Also, you will be required to take daily acid-blocking medicine as directed by your doctor.

Both the Orbera and the Obalon balloon systems are designed to only be in your stomach for six months. They are both removed endoscopically as a brief out-patient procedure done in about 15 minutes with light, conscious sedation.

If you feel like an intragastric balloon may be a good option for you, FortisBMI currently offers the Obalon method in their office. They would be happy to walk you through why they choose Obalon for their patients.

Their staff will provide an excellent support team to get you on your weight-loss journey by also providing tools and tips to a lead you toward a healthy lifestyle. A lifestyle modification is a must to get the best results out of your gastric balloon procedure, and FortisBMI will be there to guide you every step of the way.

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