Obalon Balloon Weight Loss System


The Obalon balloon system is a cutting-edge, non-surgical weight loss treatment, approved by the FDA in September of 2016. This procedure involves the use of a special gastric balloon to occupy space in the stomach and stimulate a feeling of fullness with very little food consumption. The difference is that the Obalon balloon is installed in a fast, painless, minimally invasive procedure that does not require sedation.

What Is the Obalon Balloon System?

This is the first and only FDA-approved balloon system for weight loss that is designed to be swallowed by the patient. The patient simply swallows a capsule containing the balloon, attached to a thin, 1mm inflation catheter. Once it is in place in the stomach (as confirmed by X-ray), the capsule opens and the balloon is filled with air or nitrogen gas through the inflation catheter. When the balloon is filled, the catheter is removed from the mouth.

Installing the balloons generally takes less than 10 minutes per balloon. This treatment does not require anesthesia or sedation, and there is no downtime. Patients can return to work immediately after the procedure.

Each balloon occupies approximately 1 cup of volume. Up to 3 balloons can be placed in the stomach over a treatment period of 6 months. Placement intervals may vary, depending on the patient. Typically, the second balloon is introduced into the stomach one month after the first balloon, and the third balloon is introduced 2 months after the second. All balloons are removed by 6 months after the first balloon was installed.

When treatment is complete at the end of the 6-month period, the balloons are deflated and removed in an outpatient endoscopic procedure (using a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera attached) that typically takes approximately 15 minutes to perform. The procedure to remove the balloons is generally performed under light conscious sedation.

How Does the Obalon System Work?

The Obalon balloon system facilitates weight loss by filling up space in the stomach, which is geared to make it easier for you feel full with very little food consumption. Professional nutrition and exercise support are also provided as part of the treatment to help you make lifestyle changes so you can lose the weight and keep it off. The balloons are left in the stomach for no longer than 6 months. For many patients, the temporary nature of the treatment encourages them to make the necessary lifestyle changes for a healthier, slimmer, happier life.

A personal commitment to modify your lifestyle is an essential component of the Obalon system. Long-term weight loss will depend on your willingness to adopt a healthier lifestyle and maintain it after the balloons are removed.

How Is the Obalon Balloon System Different?

A major difference that makes Obalon an attractive option for many people is the way the balloons are installed. Unlike treatment with other gastric balloons, there is no endoscopic surgery or sedation required to introduce Obalon balloons into the stomach. The procedure is almost as simple as swallowing a pill, and it allows patients to return to their normal activities immediately after treatment.

With other gastric balloon systems, a single large balloon is placed in the stomach in a one-time procedure. This sudden change can cause stomach cramping and discomfort. In the Obalon system, smaller balloons are introduced, one at a time, allowing the body to adjust more gradually, which causes less discomfort and is more easily tolerated.

Weight-Loss Results with the Obalon Balloon System

As stated by the FDA, in a double-blind clinical study involving 387 participants who were able to swallow the capsule, 198 received the Obalon balloon and 189 received a placebo (a capsule not containing a balloon). Participants in both groups received diet and exercise counseling. The Obalon group lost an average of 14.5 lbs, which amounted to 6.6% of total body weight, while the placebo group lost an average of 7.5 lbs (3.42% of total body weight) – approximately half as much. Obalon reports that an average of 89% of the weight lost at 6 months by participants in a large clinical study was still maintained after one year.

Custom-Tailored Weight-Loss and Body Sculpting Treatment

At The Roxbury Institute, we can tailor a comprehensive treatment program in combination with the Obalon balloon specifically to suit your needs. We offer a variety of non-surgical options to treat stubborn fat deposits and weight-related issues, including:

  • Liposonix, a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that uses ultrasound energy to slim and contour the midsection
  • SculpSure, a revolutionary body-contouring procedure to reduce “love handles” and fat on the abdomen by heating fat cells deep beneath the skin.
  • UltraShape, which uses pulsed ultrasound energy to destroy fat cells and contour the abdomen, flanks, arms, buttocks, and hips
  • Thermage, a non-surgical treatment using radiofrequency to improve the appearance of loose skin

Our focus is on helping you achieve external beauty along with internal health. After a consultation for Obalon in Beverly Hills at our office, we can custom-design a personalized treatment program for you, including the Obalon balloon system and other surgical or non-surgical weight loss options.

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