What is a Gastric Balloon Procedure?
The Obalon Balloon System is the FIRST and ONLY swallowable, FDA-approved balloon treatment for weight loss. The lightweight balloons occupy space in the stomach so people eat less, which makes weight loss easier. The non-surgical treatment lasts 6-months and is coupled with a professionally supervised nutrition and exercise program by Dr. Nusbaum and the medical staff at Nusbaum Medical Centers.
What is the vision behind the Obalon Balloon System?
The Obalon Balloon System was invented to be a non-surgical device for weight loss that:
- Is designed for convenient placement
- Achieves weight loss without severe side effects. Less than 1% of adverse events were severe or serious in nature
- Facilitates progressive weight loss over the entire treatment period
- Combined with a moderate intensity weight loss and behavior modification program
What makes the Obalon Balloon System unique?
The Obalon Balloon System is the first-of-a-kind technology. Four distinct features are:
- The balloon film: a novel, multi-layer, strong, smooth and durable. This enables the balloon to withstand the acid, enzymes and motility forces within the stomach environment. It is also bacteria resistant.
- The valve: The Valve is designed to be used with gas, reliable, leak-free and radiopaque. This enables the balloon to maintain the inflation state during the full 6-month course of treatment. The balloons can always be viewed with digital imaging.
- The capsule and catheter: It makes the Obalon Balloon System the ONLY FDA-approved swallowable weight loss balloon. The capsule contains a fully folded balloon and the catheter is designed to be ejected, not forcefully removed.
- The gas: The gas makes the Obalon Balloon System the ONLY FDA-approved gas-filled weight loss balloon. Gas makes the balloon lightweight and buoyant. The proprietary nitrogen gas mixture is designed to reliably maintain the balloon inflation state during the full 6-month treatment period.
Who can get the Obalon Balloon System?
People are candidates for the Obalon Balloon System if they have a body mass index (BMI) from 30 to 40 kg/m2 and are 22 years or older. They must be willing to follow a 12-month program. The program begins with the placement of the Obalon Balloons in their stomach for up to six months. The program includes a healthy diet and exercise program during the time they have the balloons and for six months after the balloons are removed.
How does the Obalon Balloon System work?
The Obalon Balloon System helps facilitate weight loss by taking up space in their stomach so people eat less. During treatment people receive professional nutrition and exercise support to help make the lifestyle changes that facilitate weight loss. The Obalon Balloon System provides support to help change eating habits and keep the weight off for the long-term.
What commitment is required?
The Obalon Balloon System can assist with weight loss efforts, but weight loss success is also dependent on people’s readiness to develop new lifestyle skills. The degree of long-term weight loss will depend on their ability to modify their lifestyle and maintain this behavior after the balloons are removed. It is important that you discuss their willingness to accept this commitment before treating them with the Obalon Balloon System.
What weight loss results can be expected?
In a large clinical study, the Obalon Balloon System was shown to help adults have clinically meaningful weight loss. When used with a diet and exercise program people lost on average 15 pounds and up to 50 pounds. An average of 89.5% of the total weight loss was maintained at 1 year.
How long is the treatment?
The Obalon Balloon treatment is a 6-month treatment. People usually have a second balloon 1 month after the first balloon and a third balloon 2 months after the second balloon. All balloons will be taken out 6 months after the first balloon capsule was swallowed.
What are the potential side effects of the Obalon Balloon System?
The Obalon Balloon System is a safe, effective, FDA-approved, non-surgical weight loss system. In the clinical trial, the majority of adverse events were reported as mild and consisted of abdominal pain and nausea which typically resolve within two weeks. (serious side effects were less than 0.3%). You can find this information and a complete list of contraindications, warnings, and precautions at www.obalon.com/safety-information.
Will the Obalon Balloon System limit people’s activity?
There is no downtime during placements. People usually resume normal activities immediately after the balloon placement procedure. For the full instructions for use, visit www.obalon.com/safety-information.
How is the Obalon Balloon System placed?
Placement of the Obalon Balloon System typically takes less than 10 minutes and does not require sedation. During the in-office treatment, people swallow a capsule containing a small balloon that is attached to a micro-catheter. Next, the capsule location is confirmed by digital imaging and the EZFill™ dispenser verification, and then the balloon is inflated with the gas. After the inflation is completed, the catheter is detached and removed leaving the inflated balloon in the person’s stomach.
How large is the Obalon Balloon?
A fully inflated single balloon has a volume of 250cc, weighing less than 6 grams, and is about the size of a small orange. Therefore, all 3 balloons have a combined volume of 750cc.
How many balloons are used during the treatment period?
Typically, three (3) lightweight, buoyant balloons are placed gradually over 3 months to maximize tolerability and facilitate progressive weight loss throughout the 6-month treatment period. Optimal weight loss is achieved with 3 balloons. Those treated with 3 balloons lost more than 4x as much weight as those treated with 2 balloons. All balloons must be removed 6 months after the first balloon is placed.
What happens after people get the Obalon Balloon System?
It is important to provide instructions to assist people with their weight loss efforts. Develop a follow-up schedule to further support their weight loss routine. As people become aware that they are eating less, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle by making healthy food choices and making exercise a priority.
What should people expect when using the Obalon Balloon System?
Work closely with people to help develop healthy eating and exercise habits, such as making the right food choices and eating appropriate portion sizes. Because the balloons take up space in the stomach, people won’t be able to eat the same quantity of food previously consumed.
What is the recommended follow-up?
People should be seen 1-2 times per month for support and supervised coaching. During these visits, a registered dietician should perform weight measurements, review the person’s food intake and exercise activity and make adjustments as needed to support their weight loss.
How are the balloons removed?
At the end of the 6-month treatment period, all three balloons are removed by a brief, approximately 15 minute, outpatient endoscopic procedure which is performed under light, conscious sedation.
Is the Obalon Balloon System covered by insurance?
The Obalon Balloon System is not covered by insurance. Many practices offer financing options to help people achieve their weight loss goals.