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ORBERA Intragastric Balloon

For a limited time, we are offering Orbera procedures for $6,999

Non-Surgical Weight Management- ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon The FDA has recently approved a new, safe and effective alternative for a person who is struggling with weight loss.

What is ORBERA™?

  • Comprehensive two-part program designed to provide effective, motivating results that you can see. With ORBERA™ patients on average lose 3.1 times the weight they would with diet and exercise alone.
  • Starts with a soft balloon placed in your stomach for six months to reinforce proper portion control. 
  • The ORBERA™ balloon takes up space in your stomach and helps you eat smaller meals. 
  • The balloon is temporary and placed in your stomach for six months without surgery or any incisions 
  • Patients will receive coaching from a team of experts, which may include a dietitian and exercise physiologist 
  • Coaching continues after balloon is removed at six months for a total of 12 months 

The Procedure: Placement and removal 

  • Non-surgical procedure done under a mild sedative, the thin and deflated ORBERA™ balloon is placed into the stomach. It is then filled with saline until it’s about the size of a grapefruit. The procedure typically takes about 20-30 minutes so you can go home the very same day. 
  • At six months, the balloon is removed in the same way it was placed. Through a non-surgical procedure done under a mild sedative, it is deflated first then removed. 

What to Expect

  • The weight loss is rapid with the majority of weight loss typically occurring in the first three months of treatment. 
  • On average patients lost 3.1 times the weight loss of diet and exercise alone.
  • The adjustments to your eating habits and your continued efforts to stay active will greatly influence your results.
  • The first week will be difficult:  Nausea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort is not uncommon, but can be treated medically and generally subsides within 1-2 weeks.

Who is a candidate?  Please review the following to determine if you are a candidate for the ORBERA™intragastric balloon.

  • You have a Body Mass Index of 30-40
  • You are at least 30 lbs. overweight
  • You have attempted weight loss through diet and exercise without success
  • You have not been diagnosed with esophageal reflux disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • You do not have heart burn symptoms when taking heart burn medications
  • You have not had previous surgeries in your small intestine or stomach (exception uncomplicated appendectomy or gallbladder)
  • You have not had weight loss or prior gastrointestinal surgery in the past
  • You are not on blood thinners
  • You are willing to participate in a medically supervised program
  • You are 22 years old or older

If any of the following statements are true, you are NOT a candidate for this treatment option:

  • You have a large hiatal hernia (>5 cm) or a hiatal hernia of < 5cm causing severe reflux symptoms while on medications
  • You have severe damage to your liver
  • You are pregnant or breast feeding
  • You take prescription aspirin, anti-inflammatory agents, anticoagulants or other gastric irritants daily
  • Any inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract including esophagitis, gastric ulceration, duodenal ulceration, cancer or specific inflammation such as Crohn’s disease
  • Alcoholism or drug addiction
  • If you have had prior weight loss or gastrointestinal surgery
  • You are unwilling to have the balloon removed at 6 months after insertion
  • Those receiving aspirin, anti-inflammatory agents, anticoagulants or other gastric irritants, not under medical supervision

Potential Risks & Complications

  • Nausea, vomiting, and stomach discomfort is common in the first week, but could continue longer
  • Balloon intolerance/early removal may be required
  • Lack of proper hydration
  • Injury to the lining of the esophagus or migration of the balloon into the esophagus
  • Early deflation of the balloon which can migrate into the bowel and require surgical removal.  If not treated, could cause intestinal obstruction and death.
  • Acid reflux
  • Ulcers, stomach pain, a feeling of stomach heaviness, and/or heartburn
  • Belching
  • Bad breath
  • Influence on digestion of food 
  • Stomach bloating and gas discomfort
  • Insufficient or no weight loss
  • Bacterial growth in the fluid which fills the balloon.  Rapid release of this fluid into the intestine could cause infection, fever, cramps and diarrhea

How to Get Started:

Please complete the educational packet on ORBERA™ and complete the post test (required).  Complete the form to submit your demographic information and we will contact you to discuss details of getting started.  If you should have questions in the meantime, please contact our office at 573-815-6466.

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