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, we can custom-design a personalized treatment program for you, including the Obalon balloon system and other surgical or non-surgical weight loss options.