Obalon treatment is the latest in gastric intervention, but in contrast to traditional gastric-bands or gastric-bypasses, this treatment requires no invasive surgery.
During a 10-minute procedure patients are asked to swallow a pill that contains a deflated balloon. The capsule is attached to a micro-catheter that inflates the balloon once swallowed to the size of an apple. The capsule then dissolves and the micro-catheter is removed via the patient’s mouth.
The balloon itself sits on top of the stomach to give patients the feeling of being full. It is expected that this sensation will lead patients to eat less and lose weight. A second balloon can be introduced 30 days after the first treatment and there is an option of a third balloon after 60 days depending on the patient’s weight loss.
At the end of the Obalon treatment plan, balloons are deflated and removed during an endoscopy (an outpatient procedure that doesn’t require general anaesthetic). The treatment is considered short-term and is being recommended for those with a body mass index of 27 or above.
So far clinical trials have been positive, showing that patients can lose an average of 7.7kg over a period of 12 weeks. The cost of Obalon treatment starts at £2,995 for a two-balloon treatment and is available at certain private clinics.
Trials have shown minimal side effects with 7% of participants experiencing vomiting, cramps and reflux which subsided after a day or so.
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