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Obalon®: A Non-Surgical Weight Loss Solution

The Obalon weight loss system employs the use of a new way to install gastric balloons, combined with a dietary and behavioral modification program, to facilitate weight loss in adults aged 22 or older. Gastric balloons, or balloons that are inflated inside the stomach to stimulate the feeling of fullness after eating less, are a minimally invasive, nonsurgical option for people who have tried diet and exercise but have been unable to lose weight as they should to be healthy.

How Obalon Works

Most weight loss balloons are inserted and inflated endoscopically, requiring sedation. The Obalon balloon system is unique and less invasive, as no sedation is required – the patient simply swallows a capsule, much like any other pill, with a thin tube attached for inflation. Once the capsule’s position inside the stomach is confirmed by x-ray, the physician uses a device to inflate the balloon, and then removes the tube from your mouth. No anesthesia is necessary, and you are free to go home. As many as three small balloons may be introduced, two weeks apart. All balloons are removed by six months after the first balloon’s insertion.

Once inflated with nitrogen gas, the Obalon has a volume of 250cc, or roughly the equivalent of a small orange. Because it is taking up space in the stomach, you will feel fuller after eating smaller meals after the Obalon is introduced. This makes it easier to cut back on your food intake, facilitating weight loss when coupled with diet and behavior modification.

The West Medical Weight Loss Program

When you go through West Medical, you will also be enrolled in a 12-month nutrition and behavioral plan to help you both lose the weight, and keep it off. In a clinical study, participants who used the Obalon weight loss system lost twice as much weight as those who tried to lose weight through diet and exercise alone.

What makes Obalon different?

One of the things that makes Obalon weight loss such an attractive option for many people seeking minimally invasive, non-surgical weight loss interventions is that, unlike other gastric balloons, introducing the Obalon requires no sedation or endoscopy. It simply consists of swallowing a capsule. While removal does involve conscious sedation, introduction of the balloons is as simple as swallowing a pill, allowing you to return almost immediately to your daily activities.

Furthermore, most gastric balloon systems are introduced all at once as a single large balloon – the sudden change to the stomach can cause discomfort and cramping. With the Obalon weight loss system, smaller balloons are introduced one at a time, allowing your body to adjust slowly for minimal discomfort. While you can expect some abdominal cramping and nausea following the procedure, and potentially vomiting, bloating, and diarrhea, these side effects are temporary, manageable by medication and guidance from our doctors, and are reported as being far less severe than those associated with other gastric balloon procedures. Most patients return immediately to their usual activities following the procedure.

Are you a good candidate for Obalon weight loss?

To determine if you are a good candidate for Obalon, we advise that you schedule a consultation. It is important that we understand your current state of health, and your medical history, as well as evaluate your individual condition, and the amount of weight you need to lose for better health, mobility, and improved self-confidence. The typical candidate for the treatment will meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Adult over age 22
  • Willing to follow a 12-month weight loss program
  • BMI between 30 and 40

The Obalon treatment system may be contraindicated for the following:

  • Any disorders or abnormalities of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract
  • Allergies to products/foods of porcine origin
  • Current use of certain medications
  • Untreated or unstable medical conditions
  • Pregnancy
  • Alcoholism or drug addiction

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No one other than a certified doctor can determine if you are safe candidate for the Obalon weight loss system, or introduce it. If you are open to long-term lifestyle changes to lose weight, this may provide you with the support you need to successfully alter your eating habits long term. To discuss your options and learn more about how West Medical can help you meet your weight loss goals, contact us today.

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