What to Expect

A consultation with an Obalon physician is the easiest way to have your questions answered and find out whether the Obalon Balloon System is right for you. Schedule a consultation with an Obalon physician today and start your weight loss journey!

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Your First Visit

During the first consultation, an Obalon-trained physician takes your medical history, examines your current health condition, and performs necessary medical tests. Discuss your expectations and desired results to make sure your physician can determine if you are the right candidate for the Obalon Balloon System.

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Lifestyle Modification

The Obalon Balloon System can assist with your weight loss efforts, but your weight loss success is also dependent on your readiness to develop new lifestyle skills. The degree of long-term weight loss will depend on your ability to modify your lifestyle and maintain this behavior after the balloons are removed. It is important that you discuss your willingness to accept this commitment with your physician before undergoing the Obalon Balloon System treatment.

How It Works

Let's Break down the treatment...

  1. In your physician's office, you swallow a capsule approximately the size of a vitamin pill, attached to a micro-catheter.
  2. As the capsule dissolves, the balloon is inflated with gas.
  3. The micro-catheter is removed quickly and smoothly.
  4. With your physician's OK, you're all set and can go back to your daily activities.
The placement of each Obalon balloon typically takes less than 10 minutes and does not require sedation. In your physician's office, you swallow a capsule containing a small balloon and then your physician inflates the balloon. In the clinical study after placement, most patients returned to normal activities with no downtime.
  1. Three balloons are placed one at a time over three months to facilitate progressive weight loss and help minimize side effects.
  2. The light and buoyant balloons float in the top of your stomach.
  3. You eat less food because the balloons take up space in your stomach.
  4. Nutritional guidelines and exercise program during the entire treatment help you jump-start a healthy lifestyle.
  5. At the end of six months, all three balloons are removed.
Following a healthy nutrition and exercise program is vital to the effectiveness of the entire Obalon Balloon therapy.
  • Light sedation
  • Short procedure
  1. After six months of Obalon balloon treatment, all three balloons are removed in one procedure at your physician's office.
  2. You receive a light sedation, so you stay conscious.
  3. During an endoscopy procedure, your physician uses a tube with a camera to view and puncture each balloon one at a time.
  4. Once deflated, the balloons are smoothly taken out of your stomach one by one.
  5. The removal procedure is typically no longer than 15 minutes.

After the Removal

It is important that you listen to the instructions provided by your physician and their staff who are available to assist you in your weight loss efforts. They will develop a follow-up schedule to further support your weight loss routine. As you become aware that you are eating less, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle by making healthy food choices and making exercise a priority.

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Is Obalon Right For You?

The Obalon Balloon System is intended for adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 kg/m2 willing to follow a diet and exercise program. All Obalon balloons must be removed in 6 months. Patients with prior weight loss surgeries are not eligible. The most common side effects reported were mild abdominal pain and nausea which typically resolved within two weeks. You must take daily acid-blocking medicine prescribed by your doctor. For full Important Safety Information click on Safety Information and Patient Labeling.