obese adults swallow a capsule which is then remotely filled with gas via a micro-catheter. No sedation is required and each treatment takes about 10 minutes. A fully inflated balloon is about the size of an orange and weighs approximately the same as a penny.
Over the course of three months, a total of three balloons is placed in the patient’s stomach. After a weight loss period of six months, all three balloons are removed via an outpatient endoscopy under light conscious sedation.
About a year ago, Cathy Adler noticed she was gaining weight and couldn’t lose it. So, three weeks ago, the 65-year-old Fishkill resident swallowed the first of three balloons. Then, two weeks in she swallowed the second balloon.
Once the balloons are down, Adler’s gastroenterologist pumped a nitrogen air mixture through a catheter to inflate the balloon in her stomach and then removes the catheter. The balloons help keep the patient feeling full.
FORT MYERS, Fla.Jim Milner credits three balloon-filled pills for helping him lose 51 pounds in five months.
He’s an early user of a new FDA-approved treatment marketed by Obalon, a San Diego-based medical technology company. Once the pills are in the stomach, the capsules dissolve, leaving just the balloons.
Obesity is one of the most serious health problems worldwide. In the U.S., a whopping 1 in 3 adults is considered obese, and 2 in 3 are either obese or overweight by clinical definitions.
It’s estimated that by 2030 more than half the world’s population will be overweight or obese. Associated health problems include certain types of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, and high blood pressure.
Despite wide acceptance by physicians, weight loss surgery like the gastric bypass procedure has been largely rejected by health care consumers. Only 1 to 2 percent of people who qualify for weight loss surgery decide to have it. For the other 99 percent, the idea of permanently changing their bodies and the risk of life-threatening complications aren’t worth the potential for weight loss.
Obesity is one of the most serious health problems worldwide. In the U.S., a whopping 1 in 3 adults is considered obese, and 2 in 3 are either obese or overweight by clinical definitions. It’s estimated that by 2030 more than half the world’s population will be overweight or obese. Associated health problems include certain types of cancer, type II diabetes, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, and high blood pressure.
Dr. Stevens is one of the first doctors in the U.S. to use the Obalon Balloon System, which received its FDA approval in September and became available to patients in January. We know it’s on the verge of making waves since Jimmy Fallon, on his June 17 show, joked about it. “I heard about a new procedure where people swallow balloons to lose weight. Sounds crazy, right?”
A relatively new weight-loss procedure offered in Topeka could kick-start the process for those who have struggled to drop waistline inches or shed pounds.
Gastroenterologist Shekhar Challa was the first in Kansas to offer the ORBERA intragastric balloon — a balloon that sits in the stomach, decreasing the amount of room so patients feel fuller sooner and eat less. Unlike a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery, the procedure is temporary and completely reversible.
An FDA-approved, non-surgical weight loss tool is now available to men and women in North Texas hoping to shed more than a few pounds. The Obalon Balloon System is a swallowable balloon system that inflates inside the person’s stomach, keeping them full from overeating. Patients swallow a pill that contains the balloon, and once inside the stomach, the balloon is filled with nitrogen gas mixture. Dr. Sachin Kukreja, a bariatric surgeon at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, says the system consists of three balloons swallowed two weeks apart.
The numbers are staggering: More than 2 billion people worldwide and nearly one-quarter of children and adolescents in developed countries are overweight or obese, and if this trend continues, over half the world’s population will be overweight or obese by 2030. The impact of obesity on global GDP is estimated to be $2 trillion annually.
Yet there is another statistic that is equally staggering. Only 1 percent to 2 percent of people with moderate to severe obesity who qualify for weight loss surgery go on to get it.
Do you have 10 or 20 pounds to lose that you can’t seem to shake?There’s a new FDA-approved procedure that might help you do just that, and it involves swallowing balloons.As CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reports, there have been previous balloon techniques for weight loss, but they required sedation and putting a scope into the stomach. This new version requires no surgery or anesthesia and no real down time.