Intragastric Balloons Orbera and Obalon Procedures for Obesity
What is the Obalon Balloon System
Obalon is the FIRST and ONLY swallowable, FDA-approved stomach balloon system for weight loss. The Obalon Balloon System helps facilitate weight loss by taking up space in your stomach so you eat less. Three balloons are placed for a six-month non-surgical treatment, combined with a professionally supervised nutrition and exercise program for optimal weight loss. Patients in the clinical study lost twice as much weight as with diet and exercise alone. Stomach balloons can be an alternative to bariatric surgery.
How it Works
The Obalon Balloon System helps facilitate weight loss by taking up space in your stomach so you eat less. During treatment you should receive professional nutrition and exercise support to help you make the lifestyle changes that promote weight loss. The Obalon Balloon System supports you to help change your eating habits and keep the weight off.
Obalon Helps Support Durable Results
Who Can Get the Obalon Balloon System?
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*Actual Obalon Patients. Weight loss results may vary.
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The Orbera Intragastric Balloon for Obesity*
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The Orbera intragastric balloon is a nonsurgical procedure effective in temporarily reducing hunger by controlling food intake and is completely reversible. A single, soft, expandable, silicone balloon is placed inside the stomach through the mouth using a video upper endoscope. Once inserted into the stomach, the empty balloon is filled with sterile saline water that results in the inflated balloon occupying a large part of the stomach. The balloon creates a feeling of fullness causing one to feel full much earlier during meals.
Placement of the intragastric balloon takes approximately 30 minutes and is performed by a team of qualified gastroenterologists who are experienced in flexible endoscopy. The balloon is inserted and removed in the outpatient, same-day setting and does not involve surgery. It is truly a minimally invasive procedure.
The intragastric balloon procedure is completely reversible and effective in temporarily reducing hunger by controlling food intake. In combination with behavioral change and structured nutritional guidance, a 19% to 50% loss of excess weight can be achieved.
The intragastric balloon remains in the stomach for a six-month period at which time it is removed, in the same manner as it was placed.
The ORBERA™ intragastric balloon is a widely used balloon in the world with a long clinical track record demonstrating safety and efficacy. The ORBERA™ intragastric balloon is approved for use in Canada, Mexico, Australia, India, several European and South American countries. It is now also FDA approved in the United States.
The success of the intragastric balloon is contingent on an extensive nutritional and behavioral program that is conducted during the 6 months in which balloon is in place and continued for an additional 6 months after removal of the balloon. Dr. Starpoli and the American Obesity Center provide a revolutionary platform employing smart mobile technology to enhance ease of access to counseling and improved compliance. With this approach we provide an excellent opportunity for a positive result.
Do you qualify for Orbera gastric balloon therapy?
The Intragastric Balloon Procedure is ideally suited for patients who:
- Have a BMI of over 30
- Have been unable to achieve their weight loss goals through diet and exercise
- Are uncomfortable with, or ineligible for, other types of weight loss surgery
- Are willing to participate in a medically supervised diet and behavior modification program
- Are considered to be at least 25 pounds overweight
Conditions that would prevent a patient from having the Intragastric Balloon Procedure include:
- Previous gastrointestinal surgery
- Any inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract
- Potential upper gastrointestinal bleeding or other congenital anomalies
- Large hiatal hernia or structural abnormality in the larynx or esophagus
- Any condition that would hinder endoscopy
- Unwillingness to participate in the supervised diet and behavior modification program
- Drug or alcohol addiction
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Past or present psychological disorders
- Regular use of anticoagulants, aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, or any other gastric irritants