Obalon Balloon System 

We now offer Obalon – the first and only FDA approved system of three weight loss balloons that you swallow.

A True Expert

Dr. Jaime Ponce is one of a select group of investigators that participated in the FDA clinical trial for Obalon. With his early and extensive work with the balloon system, he is one of the most experienced doctors offering this treatment option today. CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care is one of the few practices in the U.S. offering the Obalon Balloon System.

The Procedure

The Obalon Balloon System is different than any other weight loss balloon because you do not need to be sedated or have any down time with this option. Patients are given up to 3 Obalon balloons to take up space in their stomach. The balloon is deflated and in a pill that the patient can swallow. Once the pill is in the stomach, the doctor fills the balloon through a very thin tube that’s attached to the pill.

One Obalon balloon is placed per visit, and each balloon is placed approximately 2 weeks apart. 6 months from the time your first balloon was placed, all three balloons will be removed.

Who is a Candidate?

The Obalon Balloon System is approved for adults over the age of 22, who have a BMI between 30 – 40. To estimate your BMI, you can use this chart. Patients whose BMIs fall into the red area are candidates for the Obalon Balloon System. Certain conditions may prevent Obalon from being an option for you. These conditions include pregnancy, gastrointestinal abnormalities, and certain digestive disorders.

Precaution: Patients should be advised not to undertake scuba diving or travel in an unpressurized airplane cabin as these activities might cause the balloons to deflate.


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The deflated Obalon balloon is in a pill form. You swallow the pill at the doctor’s office, and the balloon is then inflated.

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Once it’s in your stomach, the Obalon balloonis inflated with gas to take up room. You may have up to 3 of these balloons to take up maximum room in your stomach.

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The cost of the Obalon Balloon System with CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care is $6,000. Insurance does not cover the cost of weight loss balloons. This procedure is a self-pay procedure only. Your cost includes placement of three balloons, removal and comprehensive dietary support for 6 months. 


How Obalon Works 

The Obalon Balloon System will not “make” you lose weight. Instead, it is a tool that allows you to benefit more from the work you do at eating better and moving more. In studies, people who had Obalon Balloon System lost about twice as much weight than those who tried diet and exercise alone.

During your 6 months with the Obalon balloons, it’s important to work on portion size, choosing lean proteins and enough fruit and vegetables, and staying hydrated. You’ll work with our team to learn the best ways you can adapt your lifestyle to benefit the most from the balloon system.

After your 6 months with the balloons in place, all the balloons will be removed at the same time in a single doctor’s visit. During this visit you’ll be lightly sedated while the doctor deflates each balloon and removes it from your stomach using a thin tube that’s placed down your throat..


Thank you for visiting CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care. We are a group of weight loss experts, led by Dr. Jaime Ponce, who focus on a complete program for our patients to lose weight. We are committed not only to a successful procedure - including gastric sleeve, gastric band, gastric bypass, revisions and weight loss balloons - but also in an aftercare program that gives you the best chance for success. 

Call us today at (423) 899-1000 or register for a free educational seminar.