How long is the treatment?
The Obalon Balloon treatment is a 6-month treatment. After the first balloon the doctor will usually have patients swallow a second balloon capsule 1 month after the first balloon and a third balloon capsule 2 months after the second balloon. All balloons will be taken out 6 months after the first balloon capsule is swallowed.
How is the Obalon Balloon System placed?
Placement of the Obalon Balloon System typically takes less than 10 minutes and does not require sedation. In a physician’s office, patients swallow a capsule containing a small balloon and then the physician inflates the balloon. In the clinical study, after placement, most patients returned to normal activities with no downtime.
How are the balloons removed?
At the end of the 6-month treatment period, all three weight loss balloons are removed by a brief, approximately 15-minute, outpatient endoscopic procedure which is performed under light, conscious sedation.
How many balloons are used during the treatment period?
Typically, three (3) lightweight, buoyant balloons are placed gradually over 3 months to maximize patient 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.
How large is the Obalon Balloon?
A fully inflated single Obalon balloon for weight loss has a volume of 250cc, weighing less than 6 grams and about the size of a small orange. Therefore, all 3 balloons have a combined volume of 750cc.
What should patients expect when using the Obalon Balloon System?
Physicians will work closely with patients to help develop healthy eating and exercise habits, such as making the right food choices and appropriate portion sizes. Because space is taken up by the stomach balloons for weight loss, patients will not be able to eat the same quantity of food previously consumed.
What are the potential side effects of the Obalon Balloon System?
The Obalon Balloon System is a safe and effective, FDA-approved, non-surgical fat removal without surgery system. In our clinical trial, the majority of adverse events were reported as mild and consisted of abdominal pain and nausea (serious side effects were less than 0.3%). Physicians will discuss more details on the potential side effects, precuations, warnings and other important safety information. Patients can find a complete list of adverse events reported in the clinical trial as well as other important safety information regarding this non-surgical liposuction procedure on our website, www.obalon.com in the safety information section.
Will the Obalon Balloon System limit my activity?
Patients usually resume normal activities immediately after the balloon placement procedure. See safety information section and patient labeling for contraindicated activities with the Obalon Balloon System at www.obalon.com.
What happens after patients get the Obalon Balloon System?
It is important that patients listen to the instructions provided by their physician and office staff who are available to assist in weight loss efforts. They will develop a follow-up schedule to further support patients’ weight loss routine. As patient’s 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.