Gastric balloons are a safe and effective way to lose weight when other methods have failed – and without having to resort to surgery or medication. Lightweight, specially designed balloons are placed in the stomach for a brief period of time (usually six months). During this time, you will be able to eat less and still feel satisfied because the balloons take up space in your stomach. After six months, the balloons are removed in a single, minimally invasive procedure with light sedation that typically takes no longer than 15 minutes to complete. When this nonsurgical weight-loss method is combined with a professionally supervised nutrition and exercise program, it can be an especially effective way to achieve optimal weight loss.
Orbera: Endoscopically Placed Gastric Balloon
Orbera is a minimally invasive endobariatric procedure that involves the precise placement of the balloons in your stomach via an outpatient endoscopy procedure. The Orbera procedure is safe, effective, and FDA-approved.
Are You a Good Candidate for Orbera?
If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 kg/m2 (are 30 to 100 pounds overweight) and are 22 years or older, you may qualify for the Orbera procedure. Keep in mind you cannot take any stomach-irritating medicines, such as aspirin, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like Motrin or Advil, while the balloons are in your stomach. Your long-term weight loss success will depend on your readiness to modify your lifestyle and maintain this behavior after the balloons are removed. So, it’s important to discuss your willingness to accept this commitment with your physician prior to undergoing the Orbera gastric balloon weight-loss treatment.
Patients who may be good candidates for Orbera include those who:
- Have a BMI (body mass index) of 30-40
- Cannot or do not wish to undergo bariatric surgery
- Are willing to pay out-of-pocket for a weight-loss procedure
Video: Orbera Gastric Balloon