The Orbera intragastric balloon is an FDA-approved weight loss device that offers safe, proven results. Many doctors can perform this non-surgical endoscopic procedure to quickly help you lose significant weight.
You will wear the Orbera gastric balloon in your stomach for six months to promote portion control. During this time, you will participate in the clinically proven Orbera Managed Weight Loss System, which includes world-class lifestyle coaching.
Intragastric balloon insertion is a safe and effective weight loss option that does not permanently change your anatomy. This non-surgical procedure is performed under mild sedation and takes about 30 minutes to complete. Your doctor will insert a thin, deflated silicone balloon into your stomach and fill it with saline until it is about the size of a grapefruit. The balloon occupies space in your stomach, making you feel full more quickly and reinforcing portion control.
For patients who do not meet the BMI criteria for traditional bariatric surgery, this procedure offers a non-surgical option to jump-start their weight loss journey. The ORBERA Managed Weight Loss System is a two-part program that includes the placement of a single silicon balloon and 12 months of coaching in nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle changes to support long-term success. On average, patients lost 3.1x more weight in six months versus diet and exercise alone.
To determine if you are a good candidate for the orbera balloon, our team will assess your health and history of eating habits to ensure it is a healthy option. If you are a good candidate, they will work with Surgery & Medical Weight Loss to place the device during an outpatient endoscopic procedure.
Fast Weight Loss
The Orbera balloon fills space in the stomach, reducing how much you can eat. It also slows the emptying of the stomach, which can help you feel full faster. This enables you to lose more weight and keep it off for good.
The balloon is placed through the mouth during a quick, non-surgical endoscopic procedure. It is filled with saline using a self-sealing valve until it’s about the size of a grapefruit. The process takes about 20 minutes, and you can go home the same day.
Patients can usually eat most foods but should be careful with bread and pasta as they could stick to the Orbera balloon. They should chew their food well, eat four to five small meals daily, and stay on a healthy, nutrient-rich diet.
The Orbera balloon stays in the stomach for six months and helps you learn how to make significant lifestyle changes for long-term weight loss. You’ll work with a dietician and other treatment team members during this time. Patients typically see the most drastic results with the balloon during their first three months.
Reduced Risk of Complications
The Orbera Balloon is a new FDA-approved incision-less endoscopic procedure to help you lose weight. It involves inserting a silicone balloon into your stomach via an endoscope while you are under sedation and then filling the balloon with saline until it is about the size of a grapefruit. It occupies extra space in your stomach, making you feel full and reinforcing proper portion sizes.
This new method of obesity treatment has a lower risk than gastric bypass surgery and other surgical procedures. However, it still has some risks, including balloon erosion and perforation. You may also experience discomfort and nausea, but dietary training typically resolves these symptoms.
The Orbera Balloon is designed for individuals with a BMI between 30 and 40 who want to lose excess weight but are not candidates for bariatric surgery. In a clinical trial, patients lost an average of 3.1x more weight than with diet and exercise alone. The procedure is not recommended for people with a hiatus hernia, increased risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding or psychiatric disorders, or those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Managed Weight Loss System is a two-part program that jump-starts your weight loss by filling space in your stomach to reinforce proper portion control. This is followed by a year of personalized nutrition and wellness coaching to help you develop better eating habits and adopt a healthier lifestyle that will support your long-term success. On average, people who complete our program lose 3.1x more weight than those who diet and exercise alone.
The Orbera gastric balloon is inserted in a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that takes just 20 minutes. You’ll begin by having a diagnostic endoscopy to ensure that it is safe to perform the process, and then you’ll be mildly sedated before we insert the balloon. It can be removed at any time without causing permanent alterations to your digestive tract, which is why the Society recognizes Orbera for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (SGE) for its safety and effectiveness*.
It can also improve obesity-related co-morbidities like metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and hypercholesterolemia. In addition, it can help you maintain a healthy weight after the balloon is removed.
The Orbera Balloon occupies space in your stomach, making you feel full more quickly and reinforcing proper portion sizes. It also helps to teach you how to eat for healthy weight loss, skills that can stay with you after the balloon is removed.
This non-surgical procedure is performed in an outpatient setting. You are mildly sedated for safety and comfort. A diagnostic endoscopy is done before the deflated Orbera balloon is inserted into your stomach through your mouth and esophagus. It is then inflated with a syringe of sterile saline solution until it’s about the size of a grapefruit.
The Orbera balloon can only be placed for six months since more extended periods increase the risk of complications like bowel obstruction. During this time, your physician will provide you with a supportive team of physicians, physiologists, and nutritionists who can help you make significant lifestyle changes that will encourage permanent success. This includes a year of nutritional and exercise counseling. This is important because it will help you to develop good habits and prevent relapse.