What is ORBERA®?
The ORBERA® Intragastric Balloon is a soft, silicone balloon used to help you lose weight. The balloon itself takes up about ⅓ of the space in your stomach to help you eat smaller meals and stick to your diet. It is a non-invasive option for those looking to boost their weight-loss efforts.
What are the benefits?
ORBERA® is designed to be the “ideal” intragastric balloon, and is proven to deliver significant weight loss in patients who follow a healthy diet and exercise routine following removal. Your doctor, dietician, or nutritionist will help you through your weight loss journey.
It is a non-surgical option with no down time, that will help you eat smaller meals and stick to your diet goals. Patients with the ORBERA® balloon typically experience 3.1x the weight loss at 6 months versus those who use diet and exercise alone, and report that the majority of their weight loss is seen in the first 3-6 months.
Who is a candidate?
ORBERA® is ideal for adults suffering from obesity who have been struggling to lose the weight and keep it off. Patients must be willing to follow a 12-month program that will include the insertion of the balloon combined with a healthy diet and exercise regimen for 6 months. Once the ORBERA® balloon is removed after 6 months, patients must continue to follow a healthy diet and exercise program for another 6 months.
If you have severe damage to your liver or daily digestive issues, you may not be a candidate for ORBERA®. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are unable to receive the ORBERA® balloon. Your doctor will review your medical history and find out if ORBERA® is right for you.
What is the procedure for the ORBERA® Balloon?
The empty balloon is passed through your mouth, down your esophagus, and into your stomach. Once in place, it is filled with saline to become the size of a grapefruit. The filled ORBERA® floats in your stomach and takes up about ⅓ of the space. This non-surgical procedure is performed with a mild sedative, and takes about 20-30 minutes. You are typically able to return home the same day.