ORBERA® vs. Obalon for Non-Surgical Weight Loss
Both ORBERA and Obalon are non-surgical weight loss treatments, and we offer both of these innovative procedures at our practice. While similar in some ways, there are differences between these two systems that can make one a better approach for a patient. ORBERA uses a single gastric balloon to achieve its goals. It is inserted through the esophagus by Dr. Parrish to ensure it is placed where it should be, and then inflated. The patient is mildly sedated for the procedure. After six months, the balloon is removed (through the same procedure as the one in which it was placed). The aftercare program begins at this point to provide the best possible outcome.
Obalon uses three balloons rather than one, each of which are placed in the stomach over the course of three months. No sedation is needed to place the balloons; they are swallowed in a small capsule, and then Dr. Parrish will inflate the balloons to the desired size. Six months from the initial placement, all of the balloons will be removed. The balloons are removed through the esophagus, and light sedation will be used to make you comfortable. You will then continue the program with the aftercare steps.
Dr. Parrish can help you determine which treatment is ideal for your lifestyle, needs, and goals. For some patients, you may have a choice between the procedures.