Launching obalon, the new weight loss treatment

17 February 2014

Spire Murrayfield Wirral Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the UK to offer Obalon, a brand new weight loss treatment in the UK.

The innovative treatment is discreet and non-invasive and can be administered in as little as 30 minutes. Early results suggest that people can lose up to eight kilograms in 12 weeks and, with the support of the experts at Spire Wirral, work to achieve long term, sustainable weight loss.

Obalon is a swallowable gastric balloon, which works by making you feel fuller, faster. Following a consultation with an experienced weight loss consultant, it is administered by swallowing a capsule the size of a large vitamin pill during an out-patient appointment. 

Initial published results suggest that Obalon may offer a weight loss solution for those who have previously been unsuccessful in losing weight. These early results indicate this customisable, non-invasive, 12 week treatment can provide weight loss of up to eight kilograms (1st 3lbs)*. It is available for those with a BMI of 27 or over.

Patients are monitored carefully throughout their treatment period. After the first capsule is swallowed it is left in the stomach for 30 days, after which a second balloon is swallowed if needed. After a total of 12 weeks all balloons are removed via an endoscopy which takes just a few minutes using light sedation if needed.

To help achieve sustained weight-loss, patients will benefit from support and care from expert clinicians addressing healthy eating, exercise and psychological support. 

“We are genuinely excited about Obalon and its potential for patients who can’t qualify for weight loss surgery and are struggling to lose weight along with the health benefits this brings. With the right application, it can help to change people’s eating behaviour - essential for long-term, weight loss," commented Alison Da Silva, Hospital Director at Spire Wirral.

Obalon is available at a fixed price of £2,995 for a two balloon treatment or £1,995 for one balloon treatment. 

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