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The Obalon Balloon Capsule

The Obalon Balloon Capsule offers patients an effective, long-term weight loss alternative to bariatric surgery in a revolutionary new capsule.

The Obalon Balloon Capsule is an innovative weight loss solution designed to help people meet their weight management goals without invasive surgeries or long recovery times. Fast, simple, and safe, our NYC and NJ Obalon Balloon Capsule procedure offers patients a consistently effective treatment option when combined with a physician-supported diet and exercise program.

The Obalon Baloon Capsule
The Obalon Baloon Capsule

What Can I Expect From the Obalon Balloon Capsule?

The Obalon Balloon Capsule allows patients to lose medically significant amounts of weight through a program of device-assisted diet and exercise. The balloon helps patients control their appetite by taking up space in the stomach, thereby creating a sensation of fullness. The treatment period lasts for 6 months, after which the balloons are extracted, but the nutritional and exercise support continues.

Clinical trials have shown the Obalon Balloon Capsule to be a highly effective weight loss tool for people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27 or higher. Patients in clinical trials were reported to have achieved an average weight loss of approximately 15lbs, with some patients losing as much as 50lbs, during a 6-month treatment period, with minimal side effects and no significant recovery time. Additionally, the patients exhibited lowered blood pressure and significantly improved cholesterol levels.

What Does the Obalon Balloon Capsule Procedure Involve?

Our NJ and New York Obalon Balloon Capsule procedure requires no sedation. The patient simply swallows a capsule approximately the size of a multi-vitamin tablet, which contains the balloon attached to a mirco-catheter. Once swallowed, the balloon is released, and a proprietary nitrogen gas is pumped through the catheter into the balloon, inflating it. The process generally takes fewer than 10 minutes, and the patient can resume normal daily activities without downtime.

After the first balloon is installed at one of our New York or New Jersey offices, many patients will have a second balloon implanted one month following the initial treatment, and a third balloon by the third month of the program. The total treatment course is 6 months.

Clinically-assisted diet and exercise programs are essential to the success of the treatment. All patients will receive support in making lifestyle modifications and maintaining healthy eating and exercise patterns. Patients will be expected to return to the clinic for monitoring approximately twice per month during the course of the treatment.

The balloons will be deflated and extracted at the end of the 6-month treatment period, but the patient will be expected to maintain the same lifestyle changes if the results are to be maintained.

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Obalon Balloon Capsule FAQ

At New York Bariatric Group, we offer the Obalon balloon capsule system as a weight loss treatment for women and men who need help getting rid of extra pounds but are not candidates for bariatric surgery or want to avoid the risks. We have answered some of the commonly asked questions about this popular treatment.

How many office visits are required for treatment with Obalon?

The Obalon balloon capsule system uses three smaller, lightweight balloons. These balloons are placed in the stomach one at a time, in three separate office visits, approximately one month apart. At the end of the six-month treatment period, there will be a final office visit during which the balloons are removed from the stomach.

How are Obalon balloons removed from the stomach when treatment is complete?

The balloons are left in the stomach for up to six months, starting from the date when the first balloon was placed. When the treatment period is over, you will need to return to us at New York Bariatric Group to have the balloons deflated and removed. This is done endoscopically while you are under conscious sedation, using a thin tube inserted in the throat to deflate and remove the balloons, a fast and easy procedure.

What are the advantages of Obalon over other gastric balloons?

Unlike other gastric balloons, no anesthesia or sedation is required in placing the Obalon balloon capsule in the stomach. The patient simply swallows the deflated capsule like a pill, with a glass of water. A thin tube attached to the capsule is used to inflate the balloon with gas once it is in the stomach.

Obalon balloons are smaller and filled with gas, which is lighter than the saline solution used to fill other gastric balloons. Patients typically have fewer of the side effects experienced with larger, heavier gastric balloons, such as nausea and stomach discomfort.

The three Obalon balloon capsules are placed in the stomach in separate office visits approximately one month apart. This gradual placement allows for easier adjustment and fewer side effects.

How much weight can I expect to lose with Obalon?

In a large clinical study, researchers found that patients lost twice as much weight with Obalon, when combined with a diet and exercise program, as with diet and exercise alone. Of course, weight loss results vary from person to person. Lifestyle changes and commitment to a weight loss program are important factors in success with gastric balloon treatments.

At New York Bariatric Group, we will work closely with you to help you make the right diet choices and develop healthier lifestyle habits. With the Obalon system, you can not only achieve significant weight loss, but personal guidance, education, and support to assist you to continue to maintain a healthy weight in the future.

Will The Obalon Balloon Capsule Procedure Work for Me?

If you believe the Obalon Balloon Capsule is right for you, please contact the team at the New York Bariatric Group for a comprehensive consultation today!

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“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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