(WXYZ) — Monique Ramsey has struggled with weight most of her life.
“I am 5’1, and so weight reduction has at all times been one thing that is a wrestle, and it is undoubtedly a heredity part.”
Ramsey mentioned food regimen and train have been by no means sufficient.
“I believe I’ve tried nearly all the pieces, and you understand, it is exhausting to form of really feel such as you’re ravenous your self by way of loopy diets and issues like that,” mentioned Ramsey.
In July of 2017, she determined to attempt one thing new.
“This can be a device that’s such a game-changer,” mentioned Ramsey.
That device is the Obalon Balloon System. Mark Brister invented the gadget on the Obalon Therapeutics manufacturing middle in Carlsbad.
“There weren’t loads of applied sciences on the market to assist individuals who have been simply obese. Most individuals needed to wait till they have been morbidly overweight as a way to be eligible for remedy so we determined to invent a product that might match the center floor,” mentioned Brister, who’s the Chief Know-how Officer at Obalon Therapeutics.
Obalon is the one FDA accredited swallowable gas-filled balloon for folks roughly 30 to 100 kilos obese.
“It is concerning the dimension of a cheeseburger, and the physician will place three of those by having you swallow them in a easy in-office process over the six to eight weeks,” mentioned Brister.
The balloon is inside a big capsule that’s hooked up to a skinny catheter. The physician makes use of a computerized navigation system to trace the balloon because it travels into the abdomen. As soon as it is within the abdomen, the balloon is full of gasoline. The affected person will get three balloons over six to eight weeks.
“That is form of like having the ability to have abdomen stapling with out having surgical procedure,” mentioned Ramsey.
Negative effects after the primary balloon is inserted can embrace nausea and cramping. Ramsey mentioned she did not have any issues.
“You are truly taking on the room within the abdomen, so that you’re having a smaller abdomen, however there are not any everlasting after-effects long run,” mentioned Ramsey.
After six months, the balloons are eliminated throughout an endoscopic process. Ramsey misplaced 25 kilos and has managed to maintain it off. She desires to lose 25 extra.
“For me, that is an enormous soar begin, and I’ve by no means been in a position to get that far in that quick period of time.”
The balloons are saved in for six months, however success requires a life lengthy dedication.
“What the balloons do, they’re form of a device, I believe is a device to form of say, assist retrain your mind and assist recondition your self to eat much less, eat higher, make higher selections,” mentioned Ramsey.
This system additionally features a 12 months of vitamin and train assist.
“I can nonetheless be simply as completely happy. I do not want M&M’s, I do not want Fritos, or no matter “factor” it’s, it actually helps reset your thoughts and motivation to remain wholesome,” mentioned Ramsey.
“Unexpectedly, you begin to see folks as they begin to shed extra pounds, they begin to acquire confidence, so I’ve many occasions, we have seen folks lose 50 or 75 kilos and acquire 500 kilos of confidence,” mentioned Brister.
In October, Obalon Therapeutics opened its first full-service weight reduction middle in 4S Ranch. Rita Starritt is the physician.
“If you end up very obese, you’ve got already tried a low carb food regimen, and you’ve got tried a keto food regimen and also you want one thing else to occur you and loads of it’s training, life-style modifications, vitamin, the system, the balloon system helps folks lose twice as a lot weight as those that did food regimen and train alone,” mentioned Dr. Starritt.
In 2017, the FDA issued a warning about potential dangers of liquid-filled intragastric balloons. The balloons have been linked to the deaths of twelve folks all over the world since 2016. The FDA has not issued any warnings associated to the Obalon system.
“What Obalon does is it floats up, and it strikes round, it’s totally buoyant, so by way of the flexibility for the gadget to drift round and never trigger injury to the abdomen, that is actually what differentiates us,” mentioned Amy Vandenberg, Chief Medical and Regulatory Affairs Officer of Obalon Therapeutics.
The remedy prices roughly $6,000 and features a 12 months of vitamin and train assist.
“It is all about moderation, and the balloons are a pleasant reminder of that in order that you do not have to really feel that one thing is forbidden,” mentioned Ramsey.
Anyone involved in an intra-gastric balloon can name Dr. Gary Katz at 248-967-7326 to arrange an appointment.
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