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What is the ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon?

The ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon is a soft, yet durable silicone balloon that is designed to assist adult patients in losing and maintaining weight. It is intended for adult patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40 who have attempted more conservative weight loss alternatives.

The balloon is only part of the ORBERA™ Managed Weight Loss System – a comprehensive, non-surgical two-part program that starts with the durable balloon filling space in a patient’s stomach to reinforce proper portion control.

How is the balloon inserted?

In a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure, typically done under a mild sedative, the surgeon places a thin and deflated ORBERA™ balloon into the stomach through the mouth. The balloon is then filled with saline until it’s about the size of a grapefruit. The procedure normally takes about 20 to 30 minutes and patients typically go home the same day.

Once the balloon is in place, the 12-month coaching program begins with the objective of developing a lifetime of healthy habits as patients lose the weight, then keep it off.

At six months, the balloon is removed in the same way it was placed. Through a non-surgical procedure done under a mild sedative, the surgeon first deflates it then removes it through the mouth.

How do I know if Orbera is right for me?

You may be a candidate for Orbera if:

  1. You have a BMI between 30 and 40.
  2. Diet and exercise alone are not working.
  3. You are not pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant for at least six months, or if you are not breast feeding.
  4. You are willing to work with a weight loss team of physicians, physiologists, and nutritionists to help make and maintain major changes in your eating and exercise habits.

The Orbera weight loss balloon is considered a cosmetic surgery procedure. Insurance will not cover cosmetic surgery procedures. Call our office for more information or to get cost information associated with the procedure.

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