If you are struggling to lose weight through conventional diet and exercise, but have been unsuccessful AND bariatric surgery is not for you, Flushing Hospital Medical Center and our Doctors at New York Surgical Specialists are proud to announce a safe and effective alternative.
We are excited to be one of the only hospitals in the area to offer our patients the revolutionary, Obalon weight loss system. Obalon is the first and only non-surgical and completely non-invasive weight loss treatment option approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How Does It Work?
Patients who participate swallow a small, coated capsule connected to a thin tube. Once the capsule is digested, it naturally dissolves and a small, lightweight gastric balloon unfolds. This balloon is then remotely filled with medical gases via the tube before it is removed. The balloon, once fully inflated is only the size of a small orange.
This procedure is repeated two more times over a six month period. Once expanded, the three balloons work to facilitate weight loss by taking up space within the stomach, enabling patients to become fuller while eating less.
Each procedure only takes ten minutes, requires no sedation and can be performed in the doctor’s office. After six months the balloons are removed endoscopically while the patient is under light, conscious sedation.
Throughout the entire three-stage, six month process, patients will receive professional guidance from Flushing Hospital’s weight loss team.
“The Obalon balloon system is intended for adults 30 to 100 pounds overweight and willing to follow a diet and exercise program. The most common side effects reported were mild abdominal pain and nausea, which typically resolved within 2 weeks. Talk to your doctor to see if Obalon is right for you. Important safety information at Obalon.com”