Losing weight is no easy task, especially when you have a lot to lose. Bariatric surgery is an option, but what if you don't want to go under the knife?
The Obalon® Balloon System is an advanced option when you need to lose a significant amount of weight without having surgery.
Dr. Robert Snow and our team offer several weight loss options at Snow Bariatric Center in Fort Worth and Flower Mound, Texas. Dr. Snow is a bariatric surgeon offering the latest opportunities to finally get the healthy body you want.
The Obalon Balloon System is a nonsurgical way to help you lose weight. With this system, you don't need anesthesia or an incision.
Dr. Snow recommends the Obalon Balloon System if you're overweight with a BMI between 30 and 40. When paired with exercise and a proper diet, you can lose much more weight than lifestyle changes alone.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the Obalon Balloon System for weight loss. It involves three intragastric balloons that help you feel fuller longer. You swallow the encapsulated balloon in pill form.
There's a catheter attached to the pill containing the balloon. After swallowing the capsule, Dr. Snow checks that the balloon is in your stomach with an X-ray and then inflates the balloon with gas.
You'll get one balloon at a time, with the second balloon inflating about two weeks after the first. Dr. Snow then inflates the third balloon about a month after placing the initial balloon.
Each procedure takes about 10 minutes and doesn't require you to have surgery or be under anesthesia. You can also go about your normal activities after having the balloons inflated.
Dr. Snow recommends the Obalon Balloon System if you need to lose moderate weight. If diet and exercise alone haven't worked, the Obalon Balloon System may be just the boost you need.
The Obalon Balloon System is also a good choice if you're over 22 and have a BMI between 30 and 40. Dr. Snow offers this cutting-edge treatment when you're ready to commit to a year-long weight loss program.
However, there are some contraindications to the system. If you've ever had stomach surgery or had a gastric bypass, the Obalon Balloon System isn't the best choice. You're also not a candidate if you have a BMI higher than 40 or have other abnormalities in your GI tract.
While the balloons work to fill you up faster with less food, it takes some work on your part as well. During the six months that the balloons are in place, you must get exercise and improve your diet.
The goal of the Obalon Balloon system is to allow you to feel full and lose weight while they're in place, but it also enables you to make lifestyle changes to keep the weight off.
Dr. Snow and our team are here to support you every step of the way during your weight loss journey. He provides you with a customized plan to ensure success during and after your treatment.
The Obalon Balloon System allows you to lose weight while actively changing your life for the better. Our team gives you all the necessary tools to achieve your weight loss goals.
To find out more about the Obalon Balloon System, call one of our conveniently located offices in Fort Worth or Flower Mound, Texas, today. You can also request an appointment with Dr. Snow online.