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Obalon Balloon System: Jumpstart Your Weight Loss

The Obalon Balloon System is the first and only nonsurgical, fully reversible option for weight loss. An FDA-approved, swallowable capsule, it is much less invasive compared to traditional bariatric procedures. 

At the Advance Bariatric Center with offices in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Orange County, we work closely with patients to find the best option for their lifestyle. Affiliated with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO), Dr. H. Joseph Naim is well-equipped to address a wide range of weight loss issues.

How Does It Work?

Obalon balloons are placed during a series of appointments staggered over six months. During a supervised visit at the doctor's, you will swallow a capsule, which releases a balloon once it reaches your stomach. Your doctor then inflates the balloon under fluoroscopy using X-ray guidance. A second balloon is placed in two weeks and a third and final balloon is placed in one to two months. After six months, all three balloons are removed under conscious sedation during a brief endoscopic procedure.

Stomach with Obalon balloon

By filling up space in your stomach, the Obalon Balloon System restricts the amount of food you can eat during a meal.

Benefits of the Obalon Balloon System

Patients who choose the Obalon Balloon System can enjoy a number of benefits, including:

  • Safety: As mentioned before, the Obalon Balloon System is FDA-approved. In fact, less than one percent of adverse side effects were considered serious in nature.
  • Immediacy: The placement of each balloon takes 10 minutes or less.
  • Affordability: The Obalon Balloon System costs much less compared to conventional bariatric surgery.
  • Comfort: Other weight loss balloons on the market often cause nausea, pain, and vomiting. Obalon reduces the risk of these unpleasant side effects. Additionally, this nonsurgical treatment is so comfortable that it can be performed without the use of anesthesia.
  • Proven Results: When combined with a healthy lifestyle, patients who undergo this treatment generally lose twice as much weight as those who rely on diet and exercise alone.
  • Long-lasting Impact: For many patients, the Obalon Balloon System can jumpstart a healthier way of life, creating habits that can last for many years to come.

Who is a Candidate for the Obalon Balloon System?

Individuals considering the Obalon Balloon System should be at least 22 years old and have a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40. A good candidate should also be committed to a healthy diet and exercise regimen while the balloons are in place and after they have been removed. It is important to note that if you do not follow Dr. Naim’s dietary and exercise recommendations, you will likely regain weight once the treatment process is complete.

For many patients, the Obalon Balloon System can help jumpstart a healthier way of life, creating habits that can last for many years to come.

While the Obalon Balloon System is successful for many individuals, it is not suitable for everyone. You may not qualify for this procedure if you:

  • Have difficulty swallowing
  • Take NSAIDs or blood thinners on a daily basis
  • Have previously undergone lap-band or gastric sleeve surgery
  • Have a narrow gastrointestinal tract
  • Suffer from Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or similar digestive conditions
  • Are pregnant or nursing

Contact Advance Bariatric Center Today

If you have been struggling to shed extra pounds, consider what the Obalon Balloon System can do for you. To find out if you qualify for this type of treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Naim. Call us at one of our four locations or contact us online.


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"Dr. Naim and his entire staff are nothing short of amazing. So caring and attentive in every way, they truly made my experience effortless and positive in more ways than one."


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