If you are looking for a short-term, reversible procedure to jump-start your weight loss journey, the Orbera system may be right for you.
How it Works
The Orbera 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 Orbera balloon is FDA-approved and has been in use for more than 20 years. Because the Orbera takes up most of the space in your stomach, it helps you learn better portion control.
Orbera is designed for adults ages 18 to 65. In order to qualify for Orbera, 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 Orbera. Women who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or who are breastfeeding should not use the Orbera weight loss procedure.
What to Expect from Orbera
The Orbera 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 Orbera 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 Orbera 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.