If you struggle to lose weight with diet and exercise, but the idea of weight loss surgery doesn’t appeal to you, you may be a candidate for the Obalon® balloon system. This swallowable intragastric balloon is an FDA-approved, non-surgical option that can help you lose weight and improve your health and vitality. The skilled providers at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona can help determine if the Obalon balloon is right for you. There are two clinics in Tempe, and further branches in Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona. Call the office today or book an appointment online.
The Obalon system is an innovative type of intragastric balloon that was approved by the FDA in 2016. Like other gastric balloons, the Obalon fills space in your stomach, which limits the amount of food you can eat, and causes you to feel full so you experience less hunger.
Unlike other gastric balloons, which are inserted by a doctor using an endoscope, the Obalon balloon is designed to be swallowed. Insertion is fast, painless, and requires no anesthesia or downtime.
Once your doctor has determined that the Obalon balloon system is right for you, your balloons will be inserted during a regular office visit. The insertion procedure takes about 10 minutes.
The balloon is contained in a capsule, similar to a vitamin pill, attached to a micro-catheter. When the capsule dissolves, the balloon will inflate. You then have an X-ray to check that the balloon is positioned safely in your stomach. When it has inflated, your doctor quickly removes the micro-catheter.
You’ll return to normal activities right after your appointment. In most cases, you’ll have three visits 1-2 months apart, so three balloons are placed in your stomach. This allows you to adjust to the smaller capacity of your stomach gradually.
Balloons generally remain in your stomach for around six months after the first one is in place. Balloon removal is also done during a short office visit; for removal, you will be lightly sedated. Your doctor will place a slim tube in your throat, then deflate the balloons and remove them through the tube.
While the balloons are in your stomach, you learn healthier eating habits and make exercise a priority in your lifestyle. These changes are essential to maintaining a healthy weight in the future.
The Weight Loss Institute of Arizona offers programs to support you in your weight loss journey. You’ll discover that eating a more balanced diet will improve your overall health and energy.
To find out more about the Obalon balloon system, request a consultation online or sign up for a weight loss seminar offered at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona.