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 If you’re looking for a kick start to your weight loss, Orbera® may be right for you. Orbera is a balloon temporarily placed in the stomach (for a maximum of six months), helping you feel less hunger. You can expect most of the weight loss to happen in the first three months and during the time Orbera is active, you will learn more about eating the rights food and right portions to help set you up for success in the future. Orbera is ideal for patients who have a BMI less than 40 and need to lose between 30 and 100 pounds. It is also a great tool for patients that need to lose weight prior to surgery to make their surgical procedure safer.

 

The placement and removal of Orbera is simple and will be completed by our highly experienced weight loss surgeons. This procedure does not require any surgical incisions, nor do patients need to undergo general anesthesia. Placement and removal typically take just 30 minutes and are completed on an outpatient basis.

Frequently Ask Questions about the Orbera Weight Management System

Q:  Who is a candidate for the Orbera Weight Management System?
A:  The Orbera system is designed to assist with weight loss in people who ideally have 30-100 pounds of excess weight. It is suitable for individuals with a BMI (body mass index) greater than 30.  It is also used for people who are not suitable for other forms of weight loss surgery, or those who are uncomfortable with the risks associated with traditional weight loss surgery methods.

Q:  Is follow-up important?  Am I required to participate in a follow-up program?
A:  Yes. The intragastric balloon is not the solution, but rather a tool to help change your lifestyle. Taking part in our program will give you the education and support to change your lifestyle and eating habits and give you a better chance for long-term success.

Q:  How long does the Orbera balloon stay in the body?
A:  The intragastric balloon is designed to stay in the stomach for six months. Should your doctor recommend use of the intragastric balloon for longer than six months, it is necessary that the original intragastric balloon be replaced with a new one. While you are using the intragastric balloon, your doctor will prescribe a course of oral medication to reduce your stomach acid – this may reduce the possibility of stomach irritation and damage to the intragastric balloon.

Q:  Will I regain the weight after Orbera is removed?
A:  It has been shown that, provided you keep to a healthy diet and exercise program, you will have achieved greater weight loss than through dieting alone at 24 months. The balloon takes up space in your stomach, telling your body it is full, and thereby helping you eat a sensible portion. The balloon gives you a kick-start to lose your excess weight. If you stick to your new, healthier lifestyle you will be able to maintain your weight loss.

 
 

 


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