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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:
- You have a BMI between 30 and 40.
- Diet and exercise alone are not working.
- You are not pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant for at least six months, or if you are not breast feeding.
- 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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