How does The Obalon Balloon work?
By partially filling your stomach and inducing a feeling of satiety, The Obalon Balloon helps you feel full and eat less. Because the effectiveness of the first balloon diminishes at around a month, a second balloon is sully placed..
How much weight-loss should I expect?
Several studies have been published from the European and Mexican field trials that resulted in participants losing an average of 7.4% of their total body weight in a treatment period of twelve weeks. You can focus on a healthier diet and habits since The Obalon Balloon helps you feel fuller with smaller portions of food while keeping the hunger is kept at bay. A multi center study in Europe produced a 50.1% Excess Weight-Loss on average. The participants lost half of their excess weight in three months.
What can I expect from the program?
Is likely to suffer nausea and cramps during the first few days as your body adjusts to the balloon. This is normal and should disappear. Your doctor may prescribe medication to treat these side effects. You should also expect to receive a second sphere, or even a third, during treatment.
What should I eat?
The first day you will be asked to only drink liquids. Usually, you can start eating soft foods the second day. Then you should be able to slowly incorporating solid foods.
It helps you feel satisfied faster and reminds you to stop eating. You need to reduce the amount of food and calories you eat. It is important not to eat or drink high-calorie foods such as candy, soda, ice cream or alcohol.
Are there any secondary effects?
Like with any other procedure, medical device or drug, there are possible risks. After placing the balloon, some people have reported feeling pressure, cramps or discomfort in the abdominal region. This is normal and usually goes away when the body gets used to the balloon. However, your doctor may provide medication commonly used to help with these potential hassles. People may also experience nausea and vomiting. This usually occurs during the first few days after placing the balloon. Your doctor may suggest medication to help control side effects if necessary. You will also be asked to take counter medication to reduce stomach acid. Patients usually resume normal activities immediately after the procedure.
Indications of use
The Obalon/Stomagic Program is a temporary weight loss program that uses The Obalon Balloon device as well as the Stomagic Smartphone APP and the Vitaleph Engineered Nutrition Line in overweight and obese adults with a BMI of 25 or higher who have failed a supervised weight control program. You can place up to three Obalon Balloons for a period of three months (twelve weeks) depending on the weight loss progress and satiety levels of the individual. The maximum period of placement for Obalon Balloon is three months (twelve weeks) and all of these must be removed within that period, is not before.
It is counter indicated the use of the system in individuals with the following conditions:
- Abnormalities of the Anatomy of the upper stomach and intestine.
- Disorders of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
- Inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Endocrine disease, Cushing Syndrome or a low functioning thyroid.
- Alcohol Abuse and/or illegal drug use.
- Cushing syndrome or hypothyroidism untreated.
- Serious medical conditions unstable / uncontrolled major organ systems.
- Abuse of alcohol and/or illegal drugs.
- Chronic steroid therapy/ immunosuppressive therapy.
- Pregnant/breast-feeding or desire to become pregnant during the program.
- Type 1 diabetes.
- Allergies to foods that are porcine in origin.
- Untreated and/or active H. Pylori infection.