What is Obalon?
Obalon is the first and only FDA-approved 3-balloon weight loss system. This swallowable intragastric solution can promote weight loss in obese patients who have been unable to achieve their body goals through diet and exercise alone. The system works by placing three intragastric balloons in your stomach to occupy space and increase satiety when eating. Thus, you will consume smaller portions and lose weight faster.
The Obalon Balloon System is a non-surgical weight loss solution. It involves placing intragastric balloons in the stomach to limit your portion sizes and promote accelerated weight loss.
Your exact weight loss will depend on how closely you followed the diet and exercise program provided to you. However, clinical studies have shown that patients lost twice as much weight with the balloon system than with diet and exercise alone.
In general, the ideal Obalon candidate is a man or woman who:
During your initial consultation, Dr. Pryor will talk to you about your medical history, check your health, and run a series of blood tests to determine if Obalon is in your best interest and can help you achieve your weight loss goals.
The Obalon process takes about 12 months to complete from start to finish. During that time, you can expect significant lifestyle changes.
To begin your treatment with Obalon, we will counsel you on your custom-designed diet and exercise plan. This regimen will need to be followed closely for the entire 12 months. From there, we will place each of your three intragastric balloons one month apart. This placement will occur in the comfort of Dr. Pryor’s office. It does not require anesthesia and should take about 10 minutes to complete.
During the balloon placement appointments, you will swallow a capsule with the Obalon balloon folded into it. The capsule will be attached to a thin catheter, which Dr. Pryor will hold onto. Once you have swallowed the balloon, he will use an ultrasound system to ensure that it is securely in your stomach. He will then deliver gas through the catheter to inflate the balloon, before removing the catheter from your mouth.
The balloons will remain in place for six months, at which point they need to be deflated and removed during an endoscopic procedure. This process is done under light sedation, takes about 15 minutes, and is associated with very minimal downtime.