How the Obalon Balloon Works
After four years of collaboration between Dr. Ortiz and the Obalon Company (Carlsbad, CA), consumers worldwide who suffer from obesity and would like to lose weight, now have an innovative substitute to bariatric surgery. The Obalon balloon is the world’s first weight loss device that can be swallowed in capsule form. The patient swallows a vitamin sized capsule during a quick office procedure that does not require the use of any medication or anesthesia. Once the patient has swallowed the capsule, the balloon deploys inside the stomach, creating a sensation of satiety. The expanded balloon restricts the amount of food an individual can consume, and it suppresses the patient’s appetite. The entire procedure takes about five minutes, the patient can then resume his or her normal activities immediately. The balloon treatment is a three to four month treatment plan. The guidance and support will then continue, for maximum success, a total of 1 year and 4 months.
In addition, Dr. Ortiz has developed a comprehensive weight loss program to help patients lose the excess weight and maintain their desired results over the long term. With the Stomagic phone application, individuals use the Stomagic interactive smart phone app to track their eating habits. The Stomagic app offers advice regarding how to correct the patient’s eating patterns if they veer off course. The app shares the patient’s eating habits with the nutritionist assigned to the case, in real time. Tips of the day, menu options and exercise plans are also included in the Stomagic app. Finally, the app allows individuals to share their success via social media to help keep them motivated and inspire others.
More About Ariel Ortiz, MD, FACS
Ariel Ortiz, MD, FACS, is a premier bariatric surgeon at Obesity Control Center, with offices in Baja and Cancun, Mexico. He has performed more than 9,000 bariatric procedures. At Obesity Control Center, an International Center of Excellence certified by the Surgical Review Corporation, Dr. Ortiz offers sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and Lap-Band weight loss surgery, among other procedures. To learn more, visit http://www.Obesitycontrolcenter.com.
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