If you are like most overweight individuals, you have tried, many times, to lose those excess pounds, only to fail, many times, in achieving your goal. If you have hesitated at the thought of having bariatric surgery that involves incisions, stitches, and scars, the Orbera weight loss balloon program may be the solution you’ve been seeking.
Most patients do not have to be morbidly obese to be a good candidate for this procedure. The Orbera weight loss system is a 12-month program that is FDA approved and specifically designed to help overweight individuals with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40 while learning about positive portion control and physical fitness.
What is the Orbera procedure?
The Orbera system begins with the non-invasive, non-surgical placement of a durable, soft, silicone balloon in your stomach by way of your mouth. You will be lightly sedated and the entire outpatient process usually only takes 20 to 30 minutes. Once inside your stomach, the balloon is filled with a saline solution or air until it is the size of a regular grapefruit. The balloon is not permanent, but it will remain in your stomach for six months. The balloon will not interfere with other bodily functions.
How does it work?
Once inflated, there is not much spare room in your stomach for overeating. You will likely become fuller faster and the food will remain in your stomach longer. This means that you will not have the desire to eat as often. During the first six months of the program, with the help of your medical weight loss support team, you will learn how to plan and manage healthy meal portions and an effective exercise program.
How is it removed?
Most Orbera weight loss participants will see significant weight loss during the first three to six months after placement of the balloon, but this can vary. At the end of six months, the balloon will be removed from your stomach in the same manner that it was put in, through the esophagus and mouth.
What happens after it is removed?
During the last six months of the program, you will continue to work with your weight loss support team as you gain the confidence in planning and maintaining your food selections, your food portions, and your physical fitness routines. At the end of one year, you will have had the education and experience that will help you to continue working toward your goal.
To learn more about revision bariatric surgery and to ask about the results you can expect, contact us today.