Parent Category: ROOT
Written by Ed Dunn
What is the OBALON Balloon System for Weight Loss?
By George R. Merriman II, MD, FACS
What is Obalon? …..The Obalon Balloon System is the first FDA approved swallowable intragastric balloon system to facilitate weight loss in adults with obesity (BMI of 30 – 40) who have failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. This novel, nonsurgical, fully-reversible device for weight loss consists of a balloon folded inside a capsule that is swallowed by the patient, with no sedation or anesthesia required. Once the balloon reaches the stomach, it is remotely inflated with gas via a micro-catheter that is then removed, leaving a buoyant balloon in the stomach. Each actual placement process is less than 10 minutes on average. A fully inflated single balloon is about the size of a small orange and weighs approximately 3 grams (about what a penny weighs).