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

  • Are you a good candidate for the weight loss balloon procedure?

  • How are the balloons placed and removed?

  • How long do the balloons stay in?

  • Does insurance pay for this procedure?

  • What does our program include?

  • What results can you expect?

  • What side effects can be associated with this treatment?

  • What are the possible complications?

  • How do I get started?

Obalon Intragastric Balloon: Weight loss procedure qualifications

Shedding pounds can be a difficult task, but for some people, a unique treatment called the Obalon Intragastric Balloon weight loss procedure can help jump-start the process.

The procedure utilizes three capsules – each containing a special balloon – that you’ll swallow over the course of several months. They’re removed six months after you swallow the first, and during this time, you’ll work with your doctor on a diet and exercise program to help you continue to lose weight.

Overweight man discussing Obalon Intragastric Balloon weight loss procedure with doctor

Why shouldn’t you just use diet and exercise?

The intragastric balloon is a useful tool to help jump-start your weight loss if exercise and diet alone aren’t doing the trick. This weight loss procedure works because as the balloons take up space in your stomach, you’ll feel full faster.

Following a healthy diet and exercise program is an important part of the Obalon procedure, but you’ll have added help from the balloons and your doctor’s counseling, which can make all the difference between a weight loss plan that doesn’t succeed in the long run and one that does.

If you qualify for the Obalon procedure, you’ll need to have a significant amount of weight to lose. The procedure can help you get – and stay – on the right track, provided you follow the program.

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Who is a good candidate for the Obalon weight loss procedure?

The Obalon Intragastric Balloon system is appropriate for patients 22 years of age and older who have a body mass index (BMI) from 30 to 40. Obesity is generally defined as having a BMI of at least 30, so the procedure is suitable for patients who have a significant amount of weight to lose.

You’ll need to be willing to commit to a six-month treatment program and modify your lifestyle to include a diet and exercise plan.

You’ll also need to make a financial commitment, as the procedure usually costs between $6,000 and $9,000 for placement and removal of the balloons, as well as nutritional support.

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Who shouldn’t have the procedure?

While the Obalon Intragastric Balloon is appropriate for many patients, it’s not for everyone. Talk to your doctor about your overall health, including conditions you currently have or had in the past, medications you take, as well as any surgeries you’ve had.

You shouldn’t have the procedure if one of the following applies to you:

  • You have problems swallowing.
  • You take any of the following medications on a daily basis: prescription aspirin, anti-inflammatories (such as Advil or Motrin) or anticoagulants (blood thinners).
  • You’ve had surgeries or a condition that may have led to a narrowing or blockage of your gastrointestinal tract.
  • You’ve had gastric sleeve or lap-band weight loss surgeries.
  • You have an untreated H. pylori infection.
  • You aren’t able to take proton pump inhibitor medication.
  • You’re allergic to products or foods that come from pigs.
  • You have an eating disorder.
  • You have a history of structural or functional stomach disorders.
  • You have to use anti-platelet drugs or other medications that can affect the normal clotting of blood.
  • You have a history of bowel system disease, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or Crohn’s disease.
  • You’re taking medications at specified hourly intervals, such as anti-seizure or anti-arrhythmic medications.
  • You’re taking medications at specified hourly intervals, such as anti-seizure or anti-arrhythmic medications.
  • You’re pregnant or nursing.

For more information about whether you’re a good candidate for the Obalon Intragastric Balloon weight loss procedure, contact BMI of Texas.

Why Pay More?

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.

Example of how our Gastric Sleeve Sleeve Pricing Compares to the Competition
Dallas A$13,400
Dallas B$11,000
Houston A$16,000
Houston B$14,300
Houston B$14,300
Los Angeles A$12,000
Los Angeles B$25,000
BMI of Texas$9,900

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