The Orbera Intragastric Balloon is a safe and effective weight loss aid designed to help patients lose an average of 30 to 40 pounds in six months. The procedure requires little downtime and can help patients lose 48% more than other gastric balloons. This procedure was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in August 2015.
This temporary gastric balloon has proven to help people lose as much as three times the weight they’d lose with just diet and exercise. That said, the technology and design of the Orbera intragastric balloon are most successful with a strong commitment to healthy lifestyle habits, including diet and exercise. In addition, the patient must commit to using smaller portion sizes once the balloon is removed.
Ideal candidates for Orbera are adults who have a BMI greater than 30 and less than 40. Medical history and other factors determine who may be a suitable candidate.
What Is the Procedure for the Orbera Intragastric Balloon?
The Orbera intragastric balloon is soft, smooth, and made of silicone. During a quick, non-surgical procedure, the balloon is placed into a patient’s stomach via endoscopy. This procedure only requires the patient to undergo mild sedation and does not include incisions.
Once the silicone balloon is in place, it is filled with saline until it reaches the size of a grapefruit. The Orbera Intragastric Balloon remains in the stomach for no longer than six months, then it’s deflated and endoscopically removed.
How Does the Orbera Intragastric Balloon Work?
An intragastric balloon the size of a grapefruit takes up considerable space in a person’s stomach, leaving less room for food. This creates a sense of being full (without eating), encouraging decreased caloric intake and rapid weight loss.
While the balloon is in place, patients learn and become accustomed to proper portion control. In addition, transit time is a vital characteristic of a healthy digestive system which slows down with the balloon in place.
What to Expect After the Balloon Is in Place
Many patients like the fact that this FDA-approved and non-invasive balloon requires no surgery since it’s put in place orally. The procedure is quick, with no incisions and no scars. Within a few hours of the procedure, patients may go home and return to work the next day. Although individual recovery times vary, there is generally very little downtime after getting Obera.
Many patients also prefer the Orbera balloon to other weight loss procedures because it’s not permanent. Orbera helps you eat less to retrain your body and lose weight before the balloon’s removal at six months.
Although the balloon is only in place for six months, aftercare continues for six additional months, including a special program, coaching, and support.
Learn More About Orbera at Batash Endoscopic Weight Loss Center
If you’re interested in finding out if the Orbera intragastric balloon may be right for you, contact our friendly staff at Batash Endoscopic Weight Loss Center. We’ll schedule a time for you to come in and discuss your weight loss goals with us. Contact us today.