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Orbera Gastric Balloon

all other weight loss programs failed?

The ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon is a weight loss system that helps obese adults who have a BMI of more than 30 and less than 40. Having failed other weight loss programs such as exercise, a medically supervised diet, or programs that modify behavior and have not lost weight with them and kept it off. To get the ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon, you have to agree to stay on a 12-month weight-loss program that starts with the balloon’s placement and continues six months after the surgery and includes an exercise plan and a healthy diet plan.

It isn’t easy to lose weight and to keep it off, so you will be under medical supervision during the program by nutritionists, physiologists, and physicians.

Your medical team will assist you in making the significant changes you need to both your exercise and eating habits.

Orbera Gastric Balloon
Who Is Gastric Balloon For

Who Is Gastric balloon For?

patients that have a BMI between 30 and 40

Orbera helps patients lose weight by taking up some of the stomach space so that people will eat much smaller meals. The balloon is filled with a saline solution that helps patients to feel full.

Orbera requires no incisions and is a non-surgical, simple outpatient procedure done in endoscopy suites. After receiving the anesthesia, your doctor inserts the balloon in a deflated state into your mouth and down into the stomach. The balloon will then be filled with saline solution until it is about as big as a grapefruit. This balloon is soft, smooth, and spherical, so it is not ulcerogenic.

It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to perform the entire procedure, and patients generally go home the same day. Orbera stays in the stomach for six months.

a non-surgical Solution

Two-Part Program

The Orbera balloon is one part of the Orbera Managed Weight Loss System. This system is a non-surgical, two-part, comprehensive program that begins when the balloon is installed to fill up much of the stomach space so that patients can eat less.

The balloon is kept in place for up to six months. During those months, patients often see much of their weight loss. The balloon is put into place, and then Madison Surgical Associates will give you a team of experts who design an exercise and diet program and then coach you through it.

If the balloon were to stay in the stomach for more than the six months allowed, you could have complications. These include potentially fatal bowel obstruction.

Just as it is installed without surgery, it is removed that way as well. The six months after it is removed is an excellent time to keep losing and continuing with your coaching.

After your year of the program, you will have healthier eating habits and make healthier choices, allowing you to keep losing weight and keep the weight off.

Is Gastric Ballon A Surgery

Orbera Intragastric Balloon History

Global Leader for Gastric Balloons

The U.S. FDA approved the Orbera Intragastric Balloon on August 5, 2015. This device is a soft but durable balloon made of silicone to help obese patients lose weight and keep it off. Orbera is the global leader in the market for gastric balloons. More than 220,000 of these balloons have been distributed all over the world in more than 80 countries. The medical community worldwide has been using Orbera gastric balloons for over 20 years, and thousands of people have lost weight with them. There have been more than 230 papers published about Orbera.

Gastric Balloon Results and Facts


The average patient loses three times more weight with this method than with just diet and exercise.


Orbera is only minimally invasive and can help patients lose from 20 to 50 pounds.


The data on this balloon was collected during the clinical trial in the U.S. has indicated that the average patient who used the balloon lost weight at a rate of 3.1 times that of people who chose exercise and dieting.


Almost 300,000 of these devices have already been shipped around the world.

Advantages of Gastric Balloon

This balloon is less invasive than many other procedures and is non-surgical, and it requires either a mild sedative or general anesthesia. There is no cutting, stapling, removal of the stomach, or performing major surgery. The balloon can be removed, so this is a reversible procedure.

Patients generally can go home the same day the procedure is done.

  • It is less expensive to get this procedure because it does not necessitate a lengthy hospital stay.
  • For many patients, there is good weight-loss progress during the six months that the balloon is in place, as long as they follow a low-calorie diet given to them by a registered dietitian.
  • Improvements in the comorbidities of obesity, such as osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and raised blood fats, are caused by the weight loss, as shown in a study using more than 2,500 patients who had an average BMI of 44 when the balloon was removed.

Disadvantages Of Gastric Balloon​

Like any other surgery, such as Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass, weight-loss surgeries come with its own risks, and you should be aware of them.

These risks include:

  • Some patients find the balloon uncomfortable, which is especially true just after it has been inserted.
  • Using the balloon comes with a strict following of the diet and exercise program. The insertion of the balloon is used alongside diet and exercise, but it cannot replace them. A patient who doesn’t stay on the planned exercise and diet program may not get the amount of weight loss desires and may not lose any at all.
  • some complications can result from the use of this balloon. These include the standard risks possible with an endoscopic procedure and the patient’s ability to handle a foreign object inside the stomach.
  • There are many complications possible,  and these include: a blockage of the bowel either partially or entirely, no weight loss or insufficient weight loss, weight loss triggering adverse health conditions, discomfort in the stomach, nausea and vomiting that continue occurring, pain in the abdomen or back, a blockage keeping food from entering the stomach, acid reflux, bacteria growing inside the fluid that is in the balloon and it leading to an infection, the digestive tract lining, esophagus or stomach as well as the balloon deflating.

Who is not eligible

  • Sometimes, a patient can’t get this balloon. Your physician will talk to you and learn your medical history and examine to discover whether you are eligible for the balloon.
  • When the balloon is placed, the physician may find internal factors, like ulcers or irritation of the stomach lining, that can keep you from being about to use the balloon.
  • If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant within the next six months or breastfeeding, you cannot use this balloon.

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