Gastric bypass surgery can be beneficial to a lot of overweight people, but surgery is always risky and there is always potential for side effects. A new product from Obalon Therapeutics is now being made available in Europe and it reduces the volume of the stomach without actually modifying the organ.
The Obalon device is a swallowable pill that comes with a tiny hose attached to one end. After injesting the pill, it is inflated using a pump that helps make sure the resulting balloon is at proper pressure. The hose is then pulled off the balloon, retracted, and the patient can go about their day. The Obalon balloon is intended to remain in the stomach for twelve weeks and provide similar therapy benefits to gastric bypass.
Here’s an animation of the Obalon procedure:
Provided by Obalon Press Release