If you’ve struggled to lose weight through diet and exercise, and do not want or cannot have weight-loss surgery, the Orbera™ gastric balloon may be the right choice for you.
The Orbera Intragastric Balloon System is a non-surgical weight-loss device that’s now available at South Texas Health System Heart.
The Orbera system includes a lightweight, durable weight-loss balloon that is designed to fit comfortable inside your stomach. The balloon is a temporary tool that takes up space inside your stomach to make you feel full to help encourage portion control and help you lose weight.
For more details about the benefits and risks of the IOrbera system, contact our office at 956-664-1616.
How Does the Orbera Gastric Balloon Work?
If you decide to use the Orbera weight-loss system, you’ll go through a simple procedure that usually takes only 20 to 30 minutes, and most people go home the same day.
You’ll be given a mild sedative so that a physician can insert a deflated balloon through your mouth and into your stomach. When the balloon is in place, the physician will fill it with a safe saline solution so that it takes up space inside your stomach and makes your feel full.
The balloon will remain in your stomach for six months, while you and your physician work with a team of healthcare professionals to develop a diet and exercise program designed specifically for your needs.
After six months, the balloon with be deflated and removed but you will continue to work with your weight-loss team to maintain your diet and exercise program, and develop healthier lifestyle habits.
Is Orbera Right for Me?
The Orbera Intragastric Balloon System is a non-surgical weight-loss aid that can help adults who have a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40, and who have tried other weight-loss systems but were unable to lose weight and keep it off. To receive the Orbera balloon, you must participate in a 12-month program that includes:
- The placement of the Orbera balloon in your stomach for six months
- A healthy diet and exercise plan for the six months the Orbera balloon is in place and for six months after it is removed
If you do not follow the diet and exercise plan, you may not experience significant weight loss, or may not lose any weight at all. To help you lose weight, you will be supervised throughout the process by a team of physicians, physiologists and nutritionists who will help you make necessary changes in your eating and exercise habits.