June 14, 2017
ORBERA™ Gastric Weight Loss Balloon
The ORBERA™ gastric balloon is a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical weight loss program for people who would like to kick start their weight loss.
How Does the Weight Loss Balloon work?
The gastric balloon is a soft intragastric device that is placed in the stomach for a period of six months. During this time, you will eat smaller meals because the balloon is filling a portion of your stomach. Weight loss results will vary from patient to patient. Sticking to your personalized plan for diet and exercise before, during, and after the six month period in which the balloon is in place will be essential to your success with the gastric weight loss balloon.
The Gastric Balloon and Your Weight Loss Plan
Prior to your procedure, you will have established a personalized plan for diet and exercise with our support team. This plan will provide you with the tools and information you need to make changes to your eating habits and stick to an exercise routine while the balloon is in place. The gastric balloon will remain in place for six months. *Most patients experience a significant amount of weight loss during this time. During the six months that the balloon is in place, you will meet regularly with our support team to check in on your progress and receive additional information and guidance to help you stick to your diet and exercise plan and to set you up for long-term success once the balloon is removed. *Results May Vary
What Are the Benefits of the Gastric Balloon?
The most obvious benefit of the Gastric Balloon is that it is non-surgical. *It is a temporary tool for faster weight loss and there will be no permanent alterations to your body. If you do not want to undergo and/or do not qualify for weight loss surgery, the Gastric Balloon may be the right alternative for you. *Results May Vary
Life After the Weight Loss Balloon
The gastric balloon is intended to assist in beginning a long-term commitment to a healthier lifestyle. You will continue regular meetings with our support team for another six months after the balloon is removed to ensure you are set up for future success in maintaining your weight loss.
*What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
Studies have shown that patients can expect to lose anywhere between 20 and 35 lbs on average. Most patients experience significant weight loss during the six months that the balloon is in place, with the most rapid weight loss occurring during the first three months. Your results will vary greatly depending upon how well you adopt a healthier lifestyle, including making fundamental changes to the way you eat and following a plan for moderate exercise. Patients who commit themselves to the new, healthier lifestyle experience greater success in meeting their weight loss goals.*Results May Vary
About The Gastric Balloon Procedure
Upon your arrival, you will be prepped for the procedure and given a mild sedative. The deflated balloon will be placed in the stomach endoscopically through the esophagus. Once the balloon is in place, it will be filled with a sterile saline solution. The total procedure time is approximately 20 to 30 minutes. You will need to fast for 24 hours prior to the procedure and stop all liquids 12 hours prior to the procedure. Because you will be mildly sedated, you will need to arrange for transportation home. Similar to the placement procedure, removal of the balloon takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes during which the doctor will remove the saline solution followed by the deflated balloon. You will be mildly sedated and will need to follow the same guidelines for fasting and transportation to and from your procedure.