Intragastric Balloon (Obalon)
The Obalon intragastric balloon is an FDA-approved weight loss system that uses space occupying balloons in the stomach to decrease hunger and reduce caloric intake to help patients achieve their goals. The balloons are delivered into the stomach via a capsule that the patient can swallow. They are then inflated with air by the surgeon using an attached catheter, each one occupying approximately 250 mL of space in the stomach.
This system is fundamentally different than previous balloons that have been on the market, namely Orbera (Apollo Endosurgery) and Reshape (Reshape Medical). These systems used fluid filled balloons to occupy space in the stomach, causing patients to feel constantly full and weighed down. In contrast, the Obalon balloon system is a lightweight, air-filled system that allows the patient to easily and comfortably continue with their daily activities.
Below are answers to commonly asked questions about the Obalon system. For finding out even more, please call us at 210-615-8500
You and your doctor should discuss your medical history, goals and specific situation to help determine whether you’re a good candidate for an intragastric balloon. The following may indicate that weight loss balloon surgery could be an appropriate procedure to help you lose weight:
- You’re age 22 or older
- You have a body mass index (BMI) of between 30 and 40
- You’ve tried to lose weight through diet and exercise but haven’t had enough success
- You’re committed to changing your lifestyle and behaviors to help support weight loss
- You haven’t had weight loss surgery, such as a gastric sleeve or a lap band
- You don’t have problems with swallowing
- You don’t take any of these on a daily basis: prescription aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil or Motrin, blood thinners, or other drugs that could irritate your stomach
- You haven’t had surgeries or a condition that has made your gastrointestinal tract narrowed or blocked
- You don’t have an untreated H. pylori infection.
- You’re not allergic to food or products made by/of pigs
- You don’t have an eating disorder
- You’re not pregnant or nursing
No sedation is needed when the weight loss balloons are placed, and the procedure usually takes only about 10 minutes. Each balloon is enclosed in a capsule that has a thin catheter attached to it. You’ll swallow the capsule with a glass of water, and your doctor will hold one end of the catheter.
An ultrasound will be used to make sure the capsule is properly positioned in your stomach, and your doctor will use the catheter to inflate the intragastric balloon. The catheter is then smoothly removed, and you can immediately go back to your normal activities.
Three weight loss balloons in total are placed in separate procedures. Six months after the first balloon is placed, all three balloons will be removed in a single procedure. You’ll be under light sedation to help make you more comfortable, but you’ll be conscious during the procedure. Your doctor will use a thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end (an endoscope) to remove the balloons using a special tool. Removing the balloons takes only about 15 minutes and requires minimal downtime after your light sedation.
The treatment takes six months in all. After the first balloon is placed, the second capsule will usually be swallowed one month afterward. Two months after the second balloon, the third capsule will be swallowed, and they’ll all be removed six months after the first is placed.
Insurance doesn’t pay for the Obalon intragastric balloon procedure, but the procedure may help reduce your future medical bills by lowering risk, improving, or even eliminating weight-related illnesses such as type 2 diabetes.
To help make the weight loss balloon treatment affordable, BMI of Texas offers financing through Care Credit or Green Sky.
The weight loss balloon procedure is complemented by our professionally supervised nutrition and exercise programs. These elements are crucial to your weight loss success and offer you the expert guidance and support you need to lose the weight and keep it off in the long term.
In one large study, intragastric balloons were found to help patients who followed a diet and exercise program lose nearly twice as much weight as those who used diet and exercise alone. The weight loss that was achieved at six months was also maintained at the one-year mark.
The intragastric balloon weight loss system is FDA-approved and is generally quite safe, but side effects can occur with any procedure. The most common side effects include mild abdominal pain and nausea, but these usually only last for a few days and can be treated with medication.
Although complications are rare, the intragastric balloon could deflate and move through your digestive system, causing a blockage that will require another procedure to remove.
Ulcers may also occur, as can a hole in the stomach, which may require surgery.
Get started today by contacting BMI of Texas at 210-405-6424 to set up a consultation. Our expert team will provide you with all the information you need on weight loss balloon surgery, and will work with to give you the best possible chance of achieving long-term, significant weight loss.
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Gastric Sleeve Surgery can range drastically in price, but you aren't necessarily getting better service for your money. BMI of Texas's state of the art facility allows us to cost effectively provide this proceedure while providing top quality service.
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