Obalon Balloon in Phoenix, Arizona

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.

FAQs about Obalon Balloon in Phoenix, AZ

This varies between patients. Some people have lost as much as 47% of their excess weight through use of the Obalon balloon system combined with diet and exercise. However, the average person loses closer to 10 percent of their overall body weight.
Yes, you can drink alcohol with the Obalon system in place. However, alcoholic drinks tend to be high in calories with little nutritional value, so you are encouraged to limit your consumption. Look into low-calorie options and make healthy choices when drinking.
This is a highly unlikely occurrence, though it is possible in events such as a car accident. Should this happen, the saline solution will be safely absorbed by the body. The balloon itself would likely be surgically removed.
You eat small meals about five to six times per day. These should be protein centric and supported by vegetables and other nutritious items. We suggest you keep overall volume of each meal to about half a cup. This can vary between patients though, and we will provide specific instructions.