Obalon

Gastric Balloon

What is the Obalon 3-Balloon System?

The Obalon Balloon is the only FDA-approved swallowable gastric balloon. The Obalon Balloon System consists of three silicone balloons filled with medical gas which take up space in the stomach to reduce hunger and help patients lose weight. This innovative weight loss solution is quick, non-surgical, reversible and effective for long term weight loss. Together with a diet and exercise program, Obalon is designed to help patients begin their weight loss journey.

How Does the Obalon Balloon Work?


There are several steps in the Obalon Balloon System, placement of the balloons, removal and post-balloon lifestyle habits. To place the balloons, the patient will swallow a capsule containing a single deflated Obalon balloon. The capsule is attached to a thin tube which is used to inflate the balloon with medical gas. The entire procedure usually takes less than 20 minutes and requires no sedation. The two additional balloons will be added over the next few months one at a time to support the weight loss process. Six months after the first balloon is placed, all the balloons are removed endoscopically under light sedation. During the time the balloons are in place, patients feel fuller more quickly and eat less. Weight loss occurs by reduced calorie consumption along with diet and lifestyle changes. After the balloons are removed the patient will be given additional support by our practice to give them motivation and knowledge to maintain weight loss long term.

Benefits of the Obalon Balloon

  • Nonsurgical an option for people who don’t want, or don’t qualify for weight loss surgery
  • Reversible the balloons can be removed at any time over the 6 months
  • Safe there are minimal side effects or risks
  • Effective clinically proven to help patients lose, on average, twice as much weight as diet and exercise alone
  • Lasting results Most patients participating in clinical trials maintained their weight loss, or lost more weight, after the balloons were removed

Am I a Candidate?

To determine if you are a candidate for Obalon, you must have a consultation with one of our doctors. Patients who have had prior weight loss surgeries are not eligible.

If you meet the following criteria you may be a candidate for Obalon:

  • Age between 22-60
  • BMI of 30 – 40
  • Have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise without success
  • Committed to making long term diet and lifestyle changes

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Obalon And Your Weight Loss Plan

Patients who have the best results use the gastric balloons as one part of their weight loss plan. Additional changes to lifestyle and diet after the balloons have been removed help maintain long term weight loss. Forming new habits and being motivated to see results is essential for success with the Obalon Balloon System.

Contact Us

To discuss the Obalon Balloon or other gastric balloons with one of our doctors, contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the gastric balloon process and support you in making positive change in your life.

Patient Testimonials


Janet S.

Lost 93 pounds*

"93 pounds later, I have a whole new life. I’ve gone from a size 24 down to 10-12. I no longer have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. My knees, which were in sad shape before surgery, don’t hurt anymore. I joined a gym and participate in water aerobics and a latin impact aerobics class. My whole life has changed. I have much more confidence in myself and love to be with people."

Erlinda N.

Lost 120 pounds*

“I have experienced incredible changes in my life after losing over 120 lbs with weight loss surgery. I no longer have high blood pressure. I also no longer have sleep apnea or have to use a CPAP machine. I take a yoga class, walk, swim, and have a new passion…golf. I’m having a blast! I’m looking forward to going to a water park for the first time ever and having adventures I never thought possible. I am so happy that I took this life changing step and highly recommend DFW Bariatric Institute.”

Vivian P.

Lost 140 pounds*

“First off….this surgery will give you your life back. It is a total life changing surgery and I feel like I owe DFW Bariatric my life since they restored mine to me. My weight ballooned up to 273 lbs before my surgery. I have successfully lost and maintained a 140 lb weight loss… This is the most amazing journey that anyone could ever take and the DFW Bariatric Institute staff will all be there to hold your hand and lead you down the road to your success.”

Sherrie M.

Lost 110 pounds*

“I am currently 29 years old and weigh 130 lbs. Before surgery I weighed almost 240 lbs…This is the best thing I have done with my life and would do it again today. It changed my life drastically. My surgeon said to me, 'I can do 50% for you and give you the surgery, but the other 50% is up to you. Your eating, your exercise, your total outlook on life make up the other 50%. And what you want from the surgery is what you will get, and the life you will gain.'”

John E.

Lost 90 pounds*

“I went to a seminar and left there with complete ease, feeling like everyone cared about me and my health. On first office visit I was totally impressed…I never felt rushed in the office, and always felt everyone cared. My surgery was completed and I am now down 90 pounds…The biggest part of recovery comes from the encouragement DFW Bariatric gives. Everyone is always positive and takes the time to explain things in a positive way.”

Kathy D.

Lost 161 pounds*

“There are no words to express the amount of change that weight loss surgery has brought to my life. I am a 54 year old female. There were so many things I was unable to do before the surgery that I blamed on age. It wasn’t my age at all, it was the weight. I am 30 again…The day of my surgery, I weighed 299 pounds. Today I weigh 138 and wear a size 6…I feel so good about myself now. The surgery saved my life!”

Brian S.

Lost 130 pounds*

“After losing 130 pounds, I feel like I have a new lease on life. I was able to stop all of my diabetes, high blood pressure, and my cholesterol medicines. I have always had chronic knee problems and now I am able to run three miles per day without any pain. If I had a choice of doing this surgery again or not, I would definitely do it again. I feel that by having the surgery it not only gave me my life back but it also saved my life.”

Lorna Q.

Lost 107 pounds*

"I have lost the astonishing amount of 107 pounds in less than a year. I feel like I have my life back and I am in control again. All my family and friends are always telling me that I look happier than before and they are right, I am much, much happier than before. I have to thank DFW Bariatric and my husband for helping me throughout this very emotional and amazing journey. I do not regret at all having the surgery, it is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.”

Danielle L.

Lost 154 pounds*

“My outlook on life was so different before having my weight loss surgery. I was taking medicine for diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression, and my back, legs, and shoulders hurt all the time which kept me from sleeping. My start weight was 298 pounds. And I am now 144. I’m no longer on any type of medications. My body is the best shape I have ever been in. I am so happy to be where I am today mentally and physically. With my hard work and dedication and with the aid of DFW Bariatric, I am where I want to be. I trust this team with all my heart.”

Dennis H.

Lost 170 pounds*

“At 365 pounds, I was medicated for high blood pressure, diabetes, joint inflammation, and high cholesterol…I was a living example of morbid obesity. I knew then that it was time to do something with my weight…It was not easy to get through all of the hoops that my health plan demanded, but the DFW Bariatric team helped me every step of the way. Today I weigh 195 pounds and feel great! From the time I left the hospital after surgery I have been free from all prescription medications. I can never thank this team enough for giving me back my life."