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Obesity Balloon Pill: Too hard to swallow?

The Obesity Balloon Pill, as it is called by some, is made by Obalon. While it may seem odd to readers, there are probably many people who would be willing to swallow the obesity balloon pill in an effort to lose weight.

Studies show this method will work for many who are obese, while not everyone will be a candidate for the Obalon obesity balloon pill.

The following details about the procedure for the Obalon obesity pill were shared in the Mirror:

Unlike other gastric balloon treatments, Obalon does not require invasive surgery.

Instead, in a 10-minute procedure, patients swallow a capsule the size of a large vitamin pill which contains a deflated balloon.

The capsule is attached to a micro-catheter and, once the capsule arrives in the stomach, the balloon is inflated to the size of an apple.

The capsule dissolves and the catheter is removed via the mouth.

The balloon sits on top of the stomach, giving patients the sensation of fullness with the hope they then eat less and lose weight.

Patients receive a second balloon 30 days after the first procedure, with the option of a third balloon after around 60 days, based on their weight loss and feelings of fullness.

The pill offered by Obalon that a patient would swallow contains the obesity balloon. As this will not require surgery this is a plus for some who would not be approved for the surgery of gastric bypass or the lap band.

The report goes on to explain that the Obalon balloon was not intended to be a permanent fix, but rather, was to help some gain control over their eating habits.

The obesity balloon is being used in clinical trials in the United Kingdom and in the United States at this time.

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