If you are looking for a short-term, reversible procedure to jump-start your weight loss journey, the Obrera system may be right for you.
How it Works
The Obrera balloon is inserted flat through your mouth. No incisions or general anesthesia are required. Once the balloon has passed through the esophagus and reached the correct position in your stomach, the physician inflates it with a saline solution. Once the balloon is inflated, it will be about the size of a grapefruit. The balloon can move freely within your stomach. The Obrera balloon is FDA-approved and has been in use for more than 20 years. Because the Obrera takes up most of the space in your stomach, it helps you learn better portion control.
Obrera is designed for adults ages 18 to 65. In order to qualify for Obrera, you must have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40. Your doctor may ask you to go through some testing and consultations in order to make sure that you are healthy enough to use Obrera. Women who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or who are breastfeeding should not use the Obrera weight loss procedure.
What to Expect from Obrera
The Obrera procedure begins with a consultation with the weight loss physician. A comprehensive treatment plan will be developed and customized to your unique needs. For most people, the program includes individual dietary counseling so that you can have the best possible chance at losing weight. Once the Obrera balloon is inserted, you will begin losing weight because you will not be able to eat as much food in one sitting. The greatest amount of weight loss occurs in the first three months, but the balloon stays within your stomach for six months.
After the Obrera balloon is removed, your follow-up care will continue for another six months. During this time, you will need to continue to make good nutritional choices and to control your portion sizes.