The ORBERA™ Managed Weight Loss System is a comprehensive, non-surgical, two-part program that includes a silicon balloon that is placed in your stomach to reinforce portion control.
The program is intended for adults who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 – 40 and who have already attempted other non-surgical weight reduction alternatives. You and your doctor should talk to see if this option is right for you.
How does it work?
This outpatient procedure is performed under a mild sedative. The ORBERA balloon, which is thin and soft, is placed in the stomach with the use of an endoscope, a medical device with a light attached that helps the doctor look inside your stomach. It is then filled with saline until it is about the size of a grapefruit. The balloon takes up space in your stomach, creating a sensation of fullness, and helps you eat smaller meals. The procedure normally takes about 20-30 minutes and you can generally go home the same day.
This procedure is part of a 12-month program that includes coaching from our team of bariatric experts: dietitians, psychologists and nurse practitioners. After six months, the balloon is deflated and removed endoscopically, in a similar method to the way it was placed. Counseling then continues for an additional six months to ensure that you continue to practice a healthy lifestyle that will become standard for the rest of your life.
What are the risks?
ORBERA is a fairly safe device. It remains in the stomach for only six months. Longer durations have been associated with possible complications, including inflammation of the stomach lining, balloon deflation and bowel obstruction. Other possible complications include inadequate weight loss, stomach discomfort, nausea and vomiting, abdominal or back pain, acid reflux, digestion issues, blockage of food entering the stomach, and infection.
ORBERA is not to be used if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant within six months or breast-feeding. People who have other internal issues such as stomach irritation or ulcers may be unable to have ORBERA.
What are the benefits?
ORBERA is a non-invasive procedure to help proper portion control. It is temporary and does not require surgery or incisions.