Obalon® is a non-surgical treatment that can help patients achieve significantly more weight loss than with diet and exercise alone. At Shapeology, we offer this and other medical weight loss procedures to residents of Phoenix, Mesa, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale, AZ.
What is Obalon®?
Obalon® is a medical weight loss treatment that uses a stomach balloon to reduce space in the stomach and help you feel fuller for longer. The Obalon® balloon helps patients consume less food, as they become full and satisfied with smaller amounts of food. Due to a lower caloric intake, patients can achieve significant weight loss using the Obalon® system. Unlike weight loss surgeries, the Obalon® system allows your digestive system to continue functioning normally, requiring very little adjustment for the patient. Plus, the treatment is completely reversible and non-surgical, making it a great option for most patients.
How Much Does Obalon® Cost?
The cost of your Obalon® treatment will depend on the duration of treatment and the number of balloons used throughout the treatment plan. At Shapeology, we put a lot of time and effort into learning our patients’ needs and determining the treatment approach that will best fulfill their weight loss or wellness goals. This means that the cost of a patient’s treatment will vary based upon their treatment goals and the treatment plan we develop for them. However, we strive to keep our treatments as low-cost as possible, and are proud to offer multiple financing options to make our services more affordable.
- Reference: Obalon® Balloon System Level Information Manual – Page 10
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- Reference: The Obalon® Balloon System website
What is the Obalon® Treatment Like?
The Obalon® treatment is non-surgical and requires no sedation. You simply swallow a pill that is attached to a thin microcatheter. Once the pill enters the stomach, the microcatheter will be used to inflate the balloon that is inside the pill as it safely conforms to the shape of the stomach. Some patients may feel an initial fullness after the inflation of the balloon. This process takes about 10 minutes, and you are able to resume normal activities immediately after your appointment.
How Long is the Obalon® Treatment?
For most patients, we recommend a six month treatment with the Obalon® system. After inserting the first balloon, we will add additional balloons each month. After three months, you will have three Obalon® balloons in the stomach, which will remain for the duration of the treatment. Studies have shown that the use of three balloons provided optimal weight loss and helped patients maintain their weight loss for longer periods than patients treated with two balloons.
What Happens When the Obalon® Treatment is Complete?
After your six month Obalon® treatment is complete, the balloons will be removed. During this process, we will administer light sedation for your safety and comfort. We will use a small tube with a camera to safely locate, deflate, and remove the balloons from the stomach. This process typically takes less than 30 minutes, and like the insertion procedure, requires no downtime.
Will My Weight Loss from Obalon® Be Permanent?
Patients are typically able to keep off about 90% of the weight lost during their Obalon® treatment. Diet and exercise are integral to maintaining your results. During your treatment, we will help you develop exercise and diet plans that you can use after treatment to maintain and even improve upon your results. Many patients find that the Obalon® treatment helps them develop sustainable habits and achieve long-lasting wellness.
If you would like to learn more about the Obalon® treatment or determine if you are a good candidate, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. Shapeology welcomes patients from Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix, and the surrounding areas of Arizona.