Orbera Gastric Balloon Procedure

If you’re looking to kick start your weight loss journey, the Orbera® gastric balloon procedure might be right for you.

Orbera is an FDA-approved non-surgical weight loss system designed to help you feel fuller on less food. When used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise program, the Orbera® gastric balloon procedure may lead to significant weight loss over time.

Here at the Wellborn Clinic, we're pleased to offer this innovative, effective weight loss option for patients who currently have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or less and who want to lose between 30 and 100 pounds. Orbera can also be used as a pre-surgical tool for morbidly obese patients who need to reduce their BMI before having gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery.

 Orbera managed weight loss system

How The Orbera Gastric Balloon Procedure Works

Orbera is a soft, expandable, medical-grade balloon that is placed inside the stomach by our skilled bariatric surgeon, Dr. Wellborn, using what is known as an endoscopic technique. This means that no incisions are made during the Orbera gastric balloon procedure, and only light sedation is needed.

Once the balloon is inside your stomach, it is carefully inflated using sterile water to help you feel full on less food. This lets you shed unwanted pounds and develop lifelong healthy eating habits.

The balloon can remain in place for up to six months. At that time, it will be removed by our bariatric surgeon.

Placement and removal of the Orbera gastric balloon typically take just 30 minutes and are completed on an outpatient basis.

Common Questions About The Orbera Balloon

Q: Who is a candidate for the Orbera gastric balloon procedure?

A: Orbera is designed to assist with weight loss in people who ideally have 30 to 100 pounds of excess weight. It is suitable for individuals with a BMI greater than 30. It is also used with people who are not good candidates for other forms of weight loss surgery and with 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 Orbera balloon is not a cure for obesity, but rather a tool to help change your lifestyle. Participating in our Orbera program provides you with the education and support to change your lifestyle and eating habits, giving you a better chance for long-term success.

Q: How long does the Orbera balloon stay in the body?

A: The Orbera balloon is designed to stay in the stomach for six months. Should your doctor recommend use of the Orbera balloon for longer than six months, the original balloon must be removed and replaced with a new one.

While you are using the Orbera balloon, your doctor will prescribe a course of oral medications to reduce your stomach acid. This may reduce the possibility of stomach irritation and damage to the balloon.

Q: Will I regain the weight after Orbera is removed?

A: Patients who have used the Orbera balloon to develop healthy diet and exercise habits 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 should be able to maintain your weight loss.

To learn more about the Orbera gastric balloon procedure and to find out if this is a good weight loss option for you, contact us here at The Wellborn Clinic.