Obaloon Baloon System: New Insight to Obesity medication

Obalon Balloon System is the first and only swallowable, FDA-approved 3-balloon system for weight loss. The Obalon Balloon System helps facilitate weight loss by taking up space in your stomach so you eat less. It is a swallowable intragastric balloon system indicated for temporary use to facilitate weight loss in adults with obesity (BMI of 30 – 40 kg/m2) who have failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. The Obalon Balloon System (Obalon Therapeutics) involves a balloon folded within a capsule that is swallowed and inflated with gas by a micro-catheter once it reaches the stomach, according to a press release. Two additional balloons are then swallowed and inflated over the next 3 months, and all three balloons are then endoscopically removed after the 6-month treatment period. The treatment is intended to be paired with a moderate intensity diet and behavior modification. The Obalon Balloon System is a first-of-its kind technology. Four distinct features are:

The balloon film: novel, multi-layer, strong, smooth and durable. This enables the balloon to withstand the acid, enzymes and motility forces within the stomach environment. It is also bacteria resistant.

The valve: designed to be used with gas, reliable, leak-free and radiopaque. This enables the balloon to maintain the inflation state during the full 6-month course of treatment. The balloons can always be viewed with digital imaging.

The capsule and catheter: makes the Obalon Balloon System the ONLY FDA-approved swallowable weight loss balloon. The capsule contains a fully folded balloon and the catheter is designed to be ejected, not forcefully removed.

The gas: makes the Obalon Balloon System the ONLY FDA-approved gas-filled weight loss balloon. Gas makes the balloon lightweight and buoyant. The proprietary nitrogen gas mixture is designed to reliably maintain the balloon inflation state during the full 6-month treatment period.

By – Dr. Neha Kapoor
Microbiology Department
Uttaranchal (P.G.) College Of Bio-Medical Sciences & Hospital