ORBERA is a gastric balloon which is inserted orally through your esophagus and placed directly into your stomach during a quick, non-surgical procedure. A syringe is then used to fill the balloon with a sterile saline solution. Once the weight loss balloon has been filled with saline it is about the size of a grapefruit. The entire procedure takes about 20-30 minutes. Since the weight loss balloon is inserted through your throat and into your stomach there is no need for any incisions, stitches or scars.
The ORBERA weight loss balloon stays in your stomach for the first six months after the procedure. While it is temporarily in your stomach it encourages your body to adapt to healthier portion sizes. The shape and volume of the stomach balloon takes up enough space in your stomach to help you adapt to healthier portion sizes. The technology and design of the balloon helps patients lose up to 3x the weight of diet and exercise alone.
It is very important to use this time to develop healthy habits that will continue for not only the 12-month weight loss program, but for the rest of your life. During the first six months you will learn how to use your ORBERA as a tool to aid in your weight loss. Having open and constant communication with your support team is crucial to maximizing the benefits of the ORBERA weight loss system.
Once the stomach balloon has been in place for six months the balloon is removed. The simple and non-surgical procedure is very similar to the placement process.