Obalon Frequently Asked Questions

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The Issue
Mostof us are told weight loss should be simple: “Eat less and exercise more.”But ask anyone who has attempted to lose 20 or more pounds, and they’ll tell you, “It’s just not that easy.”  Weight may come off at first, but often stalls and becomes harder to maintain.  Recent Advances Bring New Hope for Weight Loss. If diet and exercise are not enough, and weight-loss surgery seems  too extreme,  we  have a  solution:  Obalon.

 What is the Obalon Balloon System?
The Obalon Balloon System is the FIRST and ONLY swallowable, FDA-approved balloon system for weight loss. The non-surgical treatment should consist of 3 lightweight balloons, placed gradually over 3 months. The balloons occupy space in your stomach so you eat less, making weight loss easier. You should expect the Obalon System to be accompanied by a professionally-supervised diet and exercise program. The Obalon Balloon System is a 6-month treatment.

 How does the Obalon Balloon System work?
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 facilitate weight loss. The Obalon Balloon System supports you to help change your eating habits and keep the weight off for the long-term.

 Where can I have this done?
The Obalon Balloon system is performed by Dr. Peter Kowynia, MD at the Premier Surgical Center.

What commitment is required of me?
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.

 Who can get the Obalon Balloon System?
You are a candidate for the Obalon Balloon System if you have a body mass index (BMI) from 30 to 40 kg/m<sup>2</sup> and are 22 years or older. The program begins with the placement of the Obalon Balloons in your stomach for up to six months. The program should be accompanied with a healthy diet and exercise program during the time you have the balloons and is recommended for six months after the balloons are removed.

 What weight loss results should I expect?
In a large clinical study, the Obalon Balloon System was shown to help adults experience clinically meaningful weight loss. When combined with a diet and exercise program people lost twice as much weight as than with diet and exercise alone. An average of 89% of the total weight lost at 6 months was maintained at 1 year.

 How long is the treatment?
The Obalon Balloon treatment is a 6-month treatment. After the first balloon your doctor will usually have you 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 balloon system placed?
Placement of the Obalon Balloon System typically takes less than 10 minutes per balloon 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.

 How are the balloons removed?
At the end of the 6-month treatment period, all three balloons are removed by a brief, approximately 15 minute, outpatient endoscopic procedure which is performed under light, conscious sedation.

 What are the potential side effects?
The Obalon Balloon System is a safe and effective, FDA-approved, non-surgical weight loss 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%. Dr. Kowynia will discuss all of the risks and benefits of the procedure at your consultation.

Will the procedure be covered by insurance?
At this time, there is no billable code for this procedure and is not covered by insurance.  We do offer Care Credit for financing.