Need a little extra help losing weight? The swallowable Obalon Balloon System is the first truly non-surgical, minimally invasive gastric balloon system—and it can help jump-start your journey to a healthier you. Now through December, take the Obalon Weight Loss Challenge and save up to $1,500!
San Diego Non-Surgical Gastric Balloon for Weight Loss
Losing weight can be a challenge, and what works for some may not work for others. Sometimes, diet and exercise alone simply don’t give you the results you’re hoping for, leaving many feeling unsure what to try next. Bariatric weight loss surgery can be an effective solution for some, however, if an invasive procedure isn’t an option or you simply don’t want a permanent change to your anatomy, then we might have the perfect solution.
LJCSC is proud to now offer patients the minimally invasive Obalon balloon system for weight loss.
What is the Obalon balloon system?
Obalon is the first and only FDA approved swallowable balloon system for weight loss. It is a non-surgical, fully reversible weight loss system with a proven safety profile. Treatment consists of three balloons that are placed gradually over the course of three months, where they will take up space in your stomach to reduce how much you eat and facilitate weight loss.
The entire course of treatment is six months and should be used in conjunction with a supervised diet and exercise program to ensure you are getting the best results—and helping you change your habits to keep the weight off long-term.
During traditional gastric balloon placement, a compressed balloon is inserted via the mouth and placed in the stomach. A mouth guard is placed for the entirety of the procedure, through which the balloon is placed with an endoscope.
Though the most patients remain awake, a numbing agent is required to ensure tolerance. The procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, and patients often experience some soreness and excess gas in the stomach. Depending on the type of balloon, it will typically be removed after around six months in a similar fashion to placement.
The Obalon difference:
The Obalon system does not require a scope or endoscope for placement, making it the only non-invasive gastric balloon system available. During a brief, 10 minute appointment in our office, you will swallow the Obalon capsule that contains a lightweight, deflated balloon. The capsule is attached to a micro-catheter that allows us to inflate the balloon. Most patients have little trouble swallowing and say the process is comfortable.
Once your doctor confirms the capsule is safely in your stomach via x-ray, and the capsule surrounding the balloon has dissolved, we will inflate the balloon through the micro-catheter. The micro-catheter will then be removed quickly and smoothly, and you can resume your normal activities right away. We place balloon number two at week 3, and balloon number two at week 9.
Your “balloon babies” stay in place for six months, and unless you experience any difficulties or concerns, we will not need to monitor them. If you notice any strange side effects, your LJCSC physician is just a phone call away.
When six months have passed, the three balloons will be deflated and removed during a 15 minute outpatient endoscopic procedure. This procedure will be performed under light, conscious sedation, and most patients report that it is relatively comfortable with few side effects. During removal, a very slim, tubular instrument with a camera (an endoscope) is inserted via the mouth to puncture, deflate, and remove each balloon from the stomach.
What kind of results can I expect from the Obalon system?
In clinical studies performed by Obalon, the Obalon Balloon System was shown to effectively help adults experience meaningful weight loss—and an average of 89.5% of the total weight lost at six months was maintained at the one year mark.
During the study, participants who combined a supervised diet and exercise program with their Obalon system lost twice as much weight as those with diet and exercise alone!
It’s important to remember that to get the most out of Obalon, you need to be willing to make certain lifestyle changes, including a commitment to regular exercise and a healthy diet—while the balloons are in and after they are removed.
Am I a good candidate for Obalon?
If you are 22 years or older, want to lose between 15 and 50 pounds, have a BMI from 30 – 40 kg/m2, and are hoping to jump start your weight loss journey, Obalon may be a wonderful fit for you. During your free consultation, we will discuss your medical history, previous procedures, and medications you are actively taking to determine if Obalon is a safe option.