What Is The Obalon Balloon System?
The Obalon Balloon system is a type of temporary and reversible weight loss intervention. Unlike the Lap-Band, the Obalon Balloon System does not require surgery and is installed in less than ten minutes per balloon.
The system consists of three balloons that take up space in the stomach. It works by restricting the amount of stomach space available, making it harder to eat large quantities of food in one sitting. It also promotes a feeling of satiety after eating and throughout the day.
Patients who used the Obalon Balloon System, along with diet and exercise, were able to lose (on average) 2x the weight compared to diet and exercise by themselves.
The Obalon Balloon System lasts six months, and balloons are removed after that time. This makes it an excellent short-term intervention for lasting weight loss.
Will the Obalon Balloon System limit my activity?
No; Obalon Balloon System is meant to allow patients to go back to normal activity pretty much immediately after surgery. Some patients may experience abdominal pain or discomfort after getting the balloons installed, however this usually goes away within a few days. If it does not go away, or if you experience nausea, vomiting, or severe abdominal cramps, talk to your doctor.
You cannot take any stomach irritating medicines like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or Aspirin while the balloons are in your stomach. Some examples of NSAIDs are Motrin or Advil. Balloons are sensitive to altitude change and should not be installed if you plan to live in a place at an altitude more than 4000 feet higher or 2500 feet lower than the installation site.