You’re not alone if you can’t reach your weight loss goals with diet and exercise: Many people struggle to lose weight, but the Obalon® Balloon System can help. Dr. Kofi Nuako at Summit Weight Management offers the Obalon Balloon System because it’s the first gastric balloon that’s easy to swallow and stays in place for six months, helping you lose weight. If you have questions about the Obalon Balloon System, please call their office in Union City, Tennessee or use online booking to schedule a consultation.
Gastric balloons take up space in your stomach so that you feel full and can eat less. The Obalon Balloon System is unique from other balloons because it’s the first FDA-cleared swallowable intragastric balloon (rather than inserted by an endoscope).
The benefits of the Obalon system are that it’s:
A small capsule -- about the size of a supplement -- that's attached to a microcatheter contains the balloon.
After you swallow the capsule, Dr. Nuako uses an X-ray to verify that it’s in place. As the outer capsule dissolves, the balloon inflates, and he removes the catheter.
The balloon is comfortable because it floats on top of your gastric fluids. The fully inflated balloon is only the size of a small orange and weighs less than a penny.
Dr. Nuako may insert up to two additional balloons over the first three months to boost your weight loss. After six months, he removes all three balloons in an outpatient endoscopic procedure which uses light sedation.
As the balloons kick-start your weight loss, you’ll attend a professionally supervised nutrition and exercise program. You can use those six months to learn about healthy meal plans and new habits that will help you reach your weight goals and maintain your weight loss.
The amount of weight you’ll lose depends on your commitment to following a diet and exercise program; the Obalon Balloon System is a powerful tool, but you can only achieve optimal results by watching calories.
When used with diet and exercise, people in a clinical trial who received the Obalon Balloon System lost twice as much weight compared to those who didn’t get the balloons. On average, 89% of the total weight lost was kept off six months after the balloons were removed.
The amount of weight you lose also depends on the number of balloons inserted. Patients treated with three balloons lose four-times more weight than those with only two balloons.
To learn more about the Obalon Balloon System, call Summit Weight Management or book an appointment online.