The Orbera Gastric Balloon
The Orbera Gastric Balloon is a non surgical procedure where a deflated gastric balloon is inserted via the esophagus going down into the stomach. Afterward a syringe with a sterile saline solution is used to fill the balloon to the approximate size of a grapefruit. The outpatient procedure takes approximately 20 minutes. The Orbera Gastric Balloon is not intended to be permanent. After six months, another non-surgical outpatient procedure is performed to remove the balloon.
The Orbera Gastric Balloon works by taking up space in the stomach so that patients eat less, feel full sooner, and become accustomed to controlling their portions. According to Orbera, the design of the balloon helps patients lose over 3x more weight than with diet and exercise alone. The balloon is also 48% more effective than other FDA-approved gastric balloons.
Who is a candidate for the Orbera Gastric Balloon?
- You have a BMI reading of 30 (obesity) and suffer from at least one weight related medical condition.
- You have a BMI of 40 (extreme obesity).
- You have a BMI over 30 and have tried other weight loss programs but were unable to lose weight or keep it off.
What happens after Orbera Balloon placement and removal?
The Orbera program is 1 year long. During the initial six month period when the Orbera Intragastric Balloon is inside your stomach, you will eat less which should re-train your brain to better gauge when your stomach is getting full. Orbera will assign a support team who will monitor your progress to ensure that the maximum weight loss is achieved as well as setting the course for good eating habits once the Orbera Balloon is removed. The average weight loss during this time period is between 20-50 pounds. Once the balloon has been removed, you will continue to follow up with the support team throughout the following six weeks to maintain progress.
What are the risks of using the Orbera Gastric Balloon?
A physician will administer tests to ensure that the Orbera Balloon is safe to insert prior to the outpatient procedure. Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, or those planning to become pregnant cannot use Orbera.
Complications that may result from the use of Orbera include most risks normally associated with endoscopic procedures, along with additional risks such as:
- Bowel blockage
- Insufficient weight loss
- Stomach discomfort
- Abdominal pain
- Infection from bacterial growth
- Acid reflux
- Injury to the digestive tract lining or esophagus
- Balloon Deflation
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