AURORA, Colo -- As the New Year approaches, many of us are making resolutions to lose weight, so what if you could just swallow a capsule and lose twice as much weight as with diet and exercise alone?
It sounds too good to be true, but doctors at the University of Colorado Hospital will soon offer the Obalon Balloon System
in January after it received FDA approval in September.
"We will be one of the first sites in the United States to be placing these devices," said Dr. Shelby Sullivan, a Gastroenterologist at University of Colorado Hospital and Director of the Center for Endoscopic Bariatric Therapy. "These devices are really just a tool to help you lose weight. You still have to make all of the other changes; the balloons just make it much easier for you to make those changes."
Sullivan was the lead physician in the U.S. clinical trials of the new balloon system, which involves swallowing a capsule that contains an inflatable balloon attached to a catheter. Patients swallow three capsules, each three weeks apart.