Obalon Balloon System in San Francisco
Have you been dieting and exercising regularly, yet you still struggle to lose excess weight? Does the thought of surgical weight loss treatment make you hesitate? Dr. Kenneth Bermudez is pleased to offer you a revolutionary non-surgical weight loss solution: the FDA-approved Obalon Balloon System for steady, sustainable weight loss. The Obalon balloon is designed to take up space in your stomach so you eat less and lose more weight.
In clinical studies, Obalon patients lost twice as much weight as patients that changed only their diet and exercise habits. Patients were able to keep off 89 percent of the weight one year after Obalon treatment by following a sensible diet and exercise routine.
How Obalon Works
Three Obalon balloons will be placed in your stomach for a six-month period, taking up space so you eat less. During this period, you will also follow a doctor-supervised nutrition and exercise program to modify your lifestyle and accelerate weight loss. This program is designed to put you on the path to healthy habits for life.
Treatment with the Obalon Balloon System
On the day of the first balloon placement, which takes place in Dr. Bermudez’s office, you will swallow a capsule containing the balloon. Then, Dr. Bermudez will inflate the balloon to the desired capacity. This process takes about 10 minutes and does not require any anesthesia or sedation. You can immediately resume your regular activities.
About a month later, you will return to the office to have the second balloon placed. Two months later, you will have the third balloon placed. A fully inflated single balloon has a volume of 250cc, and all three balloons combined have a capacity of 750cc. A single inflated balloon is about the size of an orange.
Over the next few months, you will find that you eat less than you did before treatment. You will also work with Dr. Bermudez and our team to make good dietary choices and practice portion control. As your caloric intake decreases, the excess weight will come off.
Approximately six months after the placement of the first balloon, you will return to Dr. Bermudez’s office to have the balloons removed. You will be lightly sedated with conscious sedation, and Dr. Bermudez will remove the balloons endoscopically. The removal procedure takes about 15 minutes.
After treatment, we encourage you to maintain the diet and exercise program for about six months. Your willingness to commit to healthy diet and exercise habits directly influences how long you keep the weight off.
Am I a Candidate for the Obalon Balloon System?
The best way to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the Obalon Balloon System is to consult with Dr. Bermudez. In general, candidates are individuals that:
- Are 22 years old or older
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40
- Have not had previous bariatric surgery (i.e., gastric sleeve, gastric bypass)
- Do not have any problems swallowing
- Do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs daily
- Have not had surgery or a medical condition that could have narrowed or blocked the gastrointestinal tract
- Can commit to following a healthy diet and exercise program during treatment and approximately six months after the balloons are removed
Learn More about Weight Loss with the Obalon Balloon System
To speak with Dr. Bermudez about the Obalon Balloon System, we invite you to schedule an informational consultation at our San Francisco practice. Please call or email us today to make an appointment.