The Orbera is a weight loss aid for individuals suffering from obesity. It is a soft balloon that is placed in your stomach through a quick non-surgical procedure. The balloon is designed to fit comfortably in the stomach occupying space which impacts the volume of food you can consume at any given meal.
Advantages of Orbera Gastric Balloon
- Safe and effective weight loss treatment option without surgery.
- After six months with the Orbera, people lost an average 3.1x the weight patients lost with diet & exercise alone. *(Orbera.com)
Endoscopic Procedure – average time 15 – 20 minutes
- Insertion of Balloon
- Extraction of Balloon (six months later)
- Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40
How does it work?
- The balloon is placed endoscopically with the same type of endoscope that is used to look at a stomach when assessing for reflux disease.
- An individual comes into the hospital or endoscopy suite, has it placed and goes home the same day.
- The balloon is intended to be a space occupying balloon in the stomach that helps the individual feel full and eat less.
- The device is temporary, placed and then removed six months later. During that period of time, individuals are involved in behavior modification including diet and exercise.
- Complications that may result from the use of the gastric balloon include the risks associated with any endoscopic procedure as well as your ability to tolerate a foreign object placed in your stomach such as nausea and vomiting, injury to the lining of the digestive tract and partial or complete blockage of the bowel by the balloon.
- *The stomach is obviously an acidic environment. It you put anything in that environment for a long period of time, the potential for it to break down is high. The six month mark is where essentially there are zero leaks. As you go beyond the six month period of time, the rate of spontaneous leakage of the balloon goes up.
- The balloon is filled with saline so if it leaks, it should not be a problem, but it ceases to be effective.
- Safe and effective weight loss treatment option without surgery
- After six months with the Orbera, people lost an average 3.1x the weight patients lost with diet & exercise alone