Since the Obalon Balloon System was first offered by Manatee Memorial Hospital in June 2017, several patients have opted for this swallowable, nonsurgical treatment for weight loss*. Stelios Rekkas, MD, general surgeon and medical director of the Manatee Memorial Hospital Weight-Loss Program, is now performing this nonsurgical treatment at Manatee Weight Loss Center.
The Obalon Balloon System features lightweight balloons that occupy space in the stomach so patients eat less. Appropriate candidates for this treatment include adults with a body mass index of 30 and above who have been unsuccessful in losing weight with diet and exercise. The balloons are delivered as capsules swallowed by the patient. Once in the stomach, the balloons are filled with air. Up to three balloons are placed in the stomach over three months to maximize patient tolerability and facilitate progressive weight loss.
The Obalon Balloon System is intended as an adjunct to a moderate diet and exercise program. All balloons must be removed in an endoscopic procedure six months after the first balloon is placed. The program also includes monthly dietitian visits.
“The Obalon Balloon System is an alternative for certain patients seeking a nonsurgical option to weight loss,” said Dr. Rekkas. “We’re pleased to offer this new technology to patients that does not require surgery or general anesthesia for balloon placement.”
During a clinical trial, Obalon Balloon System patients lost twice as much weight as those in the diet and exercise only group. Six months after the balloons were removed, 89 percent of the weight lost was kept off in patients who maintained diet and exercise programs. The majority of adverse events were reported as mild and consisted of abdominal pain and nausea. Serious side effects were less than 0.3 percent.
For more information on Dr. Rekkas’ use of the Obalon Balloon System, call Kathleen Cucci, Marketing Manager, Manatee Physician Alliance, at 941-877-0010, or email her at [email protected].
*Individual results may vary.