Monday, May 18, 2015

Inserting balloon into stomach for weight-loss program

Weight loss has become a major concern for most people these days. Seeing people that have slim body type you desire could motivate you to make improvements to your own.
Everyone wants to look beautiful and have a slim body. In order to achieve these results people often turn to exercise or diets. However scientists and doctors had recently discovered yet a brand new way of weight loss, using balloons!

"If you have been unable to lose weight with diet and exercise programs alone, and are not considering gastric surgery, then you may qualify for the SMART Clinical Trial. The trial is evaluating the Obalon® Balloon – an investigational device for weight loss that does not involve surgery or permanent changes to your anatomy."Quoted from

The balloon was developed by Obalon Therapeutics, a California-based company. Do check out their video on their website that shows how it's done. Basically the program's procedure involves three lightweight balloons, which are placed in your stomach by swallowing a capsule. It is then inflated with gas via a tube. An X-ray determines that it has been properly placed, the tube is then removed. The balloons are intended to occupy space in your stomach to help you feel fuller, eat smaller portions and lose weight. 
The Obalon Balloons reside in your stomach for a 6-month period and then are removed in a short, outpatient endoscopic procedure (no incisions). Up to three balloons are placed over the therapy period.

"Spire Healthcare said the total fixed price for one balloon is £1,995, or $3,310, £2,995 ($4,969) for two balloons and £3,995 ($6,628) for three." -

Now you know that balloons are more than just cute balloon dogs or decoration pieces birthday parties. In fact it was recorded that the first batch of balloons which are invented are used for the medical industry.