Endoscopic Weight Loss Center

What is the Obalon™ 3-balloon weight loss system?

The Obalon swallowable three-balloon weight loss system is a cutting-edge procedure that facilitates weight loss in adults with obesity (BMI of 30 – 40 kg/m2) who have failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. The FDA-approved Obalon balloons promote weight loss by taking up space in your stomach so you eat less. Used in conjunction with a moderate diet and behavior modification program, the average patient loses approximately twice as much weight as those trying diet and exercise alone.

How does it work?

The non-surgical Obalon treatment consists of three lightweight balloons placed in the stomach gradually over three months. The balloons occupy space in the stomach so you eat less, making weight loss easier.

How is the procedure done?

In your physician’s office, you swallow a capsule approximately the size of a vitamin pill, attached to a micro-catheter. Using an x-ray, your physician confirms that the capsule is safely placed in your stomach. As the capsule dissolves, the balloon is inflated with gas. The micro-catheter is removed quickly and smoothly.

The placement of each Obalon balloon typically takes less than 10 minutes and does not require sedation. Most patients return to normal activities with no downtime. All balloons must be removed six months after the first balloon is placed.

Obalon swallowable balloon

How much weight can I lose with Obalon?

In a large clinical study, the Obalon Balloon System was shown to help adults achieve meaningful weight loss. When combined with a diet and exercise program, patients using Obalon lost twice as much weight as those using diet and exercise alone. An average of 89% of weight was kept off six months after the balloons were removed.

What support will I receive with the program?

Your physician will work closely with you to help develop healthy eating and exercise habits, such as making the right food choices and limiting yourself to appropriate portion sizes. Because the balloons take up space in your stomach, you won’t be able to eat the same quantity of food you previously consumed.

How can I pay for this program?

Cary Gastroenterology Associates offers multiple financing options. Learn more here.

Learn more from the makers of Obalon or call Cary Gastroenterology Associates at 919-424-2115 to consult with a physician.


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Obalon At-A-Glance

  • Helps jump-start long-term weight loss
  • Swallowable capsule
  • No anesthesia during placement
  • Non-surgical treatment
  • Fully reversible treatment
  • FDA approved

Lisa lost 91 pounds with the Obalon Balloon System

Obalon real weight loss results

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