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What is the Obalon?

Let’s face it, losing a reasonable amount of weight is hard. Attempts to eat less is even harder with our daily stress. Our work and personal lifestyles can make it increasingly difficult to undergo a program that can get the weight off. Current weight-loss programs that reduce significant weight are often tied to potentially addictive drugs that have significant health risks. And most of us won’t undergo surgical procedures to structurally reduce our weight and further prevent weight gain. We all seek help that will give us a high probability that we will start to consume less food and maintain our desired lower weight thereafter.

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Obalon is the FIRST & ONLY swallowable, FDA-approved balloon system to help you lose weight. Obalon has been proven in clinical studies to help facilitate weight loss in adults who have failed to lose weight via diet and exercise and who want to avoid drug-usage to get their weight down. Holcomb Kreithen Plastic Surgery and MedSpa is proud to be one of the few practices in the southwest Florida area of Tampa and Sarasota selected to offer this revolutionary system.


How Does the Obalon Balloon Work?

Obalon is an FDA-approved non-surgical, 3-balloon intragastric system for weight loss. The Obalon Balloon System helps facilitate weight loss by taking up space in your stomach, so you eat less. Three balloons are placed for a six-month non-surgical treatment, combined with a professionally supervised nutrition and exercise program for optimal weight loss. Patients in the clinical study lost twice as much weight as with diet and exercise alone.

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 promote weight loss. The Obalon Balloon System supports you to help change your eating habits and keep the weight off for the long term.

Obalon Helps Support Long-Lasting Results

An average of 89% of weight lost in the Obalon Clinical Study was kept off at 1 year (6 months post-removal), when combined with a moderate intensity diet and exercise program.

The Procedure

The placement of each Obalon balloon typically takes less than 10 minutes and doesn’t requires sedation. At Holcomb Kreithen Plastic Surgery and MedSpa, you swallow a capsule containing a small balloon, and then one of our physicians inflates the balloon.

After six months, all three balloons are removed in one procedure with light sedation. The removal procedure is typically no longer than 15 minutes.

Lifestyle Modification

The Obalon Balloon System can assist with your weight loss efforts, but your weight loss success long-term is also dependent on your readiness to develop new lifestyle skills. We just need to get there and Obalon has helped many to get to their weight goals. 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.

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/m2 (30 to 100 pounds overweight) 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.

Will the Obalon Balloon System limit my activity?

Patients usually resume normal activities immediately after the balloon placement procedure. You cannot take any stomach irritating medicines like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or Aspirin while the balloons are in your stomach. Some examples of NSAIDs are Motrin or Advil. You cannot have the balloons placed if you plan to live in a place at an altitude more than 4000 feet higher or 2500 feet lower than where your doctor places your balloons. See the Safety Information section and Patient Labeling for contraindicated activities with the Obalon Balloon System.

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