Although both procedures are very similar, Obalon is a new procedure that stays in the stomach for roughly 90 days vs. six months. Obalon is also a pill that, when swallowed, will inflate – meaning no anesthesia required.
Gastric Balloon versus Obalon: Table Comparison
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Why Undergo Gastric Balloon or Obalon?
The purpose of intraGastric Balloon or Obalon is a less invasive weight loss surgery option. Many bariatric surgeons recommend that patients who are extremely obese, have gastric balloon before proceeding to other surgeries: duodenal switch, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve.