The Orbera intragastric balloon is a non-invasive procedure that uses an FDA-approved temporary stomach balloon to help the patient accelerate weight loss. Since its launch in 2004, the Orbera gastric balloon has been recognized as a safe and effective weight loss method by thousands of people around the world. The procedure is completed endoscopically with the help of an endoscope that is inserted into the stomach through the mouth.
The deflated balloon is placed in the stomach and then filled with 400–700 cc of sterile saline. It takes about 10 to 20 minutes for placement. The gastric balloon is kept in the stomach for about six months. During this time, patients and doctors adhere to consistent follow-up and work together closely to introduce healthy dietary and lifestyle changes. After six months, the balloon is deflated, and then removed endoscopically.
First, the doctor puts the patient to sleep for the duration of the procedure. The second step is an endoscopy, which is necessary to ensure that the esophagus, stomach, and small bowel are normal. Then the Orbera gastric balloon is placed using an endoscopic device into the stomach through the mouth. Next, the empty silicon balloon is filled with sterile saline. Finally, the endoscope is removed, and the inflated balloon remains in place.
The Orbera balloon takes up a significant amount of space in the stomach and thereby, reduces the amount of food patients are able to eat at a time. The balloon also slows gastric emptying, which means food remains in the stomach longer than normal. This reduces frequent snacking and overeating that patients often struggle with. While the gastric balloon serves as a catalyst for rapid weight loss, you will be working with our team to create sustainable dietary modifications along with lifestyle changes so that you are able to manage your weight long-term.
The procedure takes about 15 minutes. Then, within a few hours, patients are discharged home. During the first 3 to 5 days, it is expected that patients will have nausea and/or vomiting. However, we provide medications and follow up to relieve the symptoms. Patients are normally able to go back to work within 1 to 2 days following the procedure.
Studies have demonstrated that patients with the Orbera balloon achieve up to 3 times more weight loss than those who relied on diet and exercise alone. Individual weight loss results vary for each patient, but most lose about 10% of their total body weight, which is around 30–40 lbs. There are also many cases in which patients collaborate very well with their doctor and achieve greater results. The procedure is a great way for patients to jumpstart their weight loss journey and, in no time, begin to see the results of their work.
The Orbera gastric balloon is approved for weight loss in patients with BMI of 30–40 kg/m2 who are not candidates or do not wish to undergo surgery.
- Balloon insertion and removal
- Anesthesia fees
- Facility fees
- One year membership for ongoing weight management support follow up.