Orbera Intragastric Balloon: How Does It Work?

Orbera Intragastric Balloon: How Does It Work?

If you need to lose a significant amount of weight to protect yourself from sleep apnea, diabetes, or other obesity-related chronic disease, you may be a candidate for the Orbera® Intragastric Balloon.

At OakBend Medical Group, bariatric surgeons Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, Steven M. Thomas, MD, FACS, and Genna Lubrano, MD, specialize in several types of weight loss surgeries, including the Orbera Intragastric Balloon.

Our team can determine if the balloon procedure is the right option for your weight loss goals and provide comprehensive care before, during, and after surgery.

What to know about Orbera intragastric balloon surgery

The Orbera Intragastric Balloon is a noninvasive, nonsurgical, reversible weight loss procedure to help you lose weight. The goal of this treatment is to temporarily reduce the size of your stomach to limit how much food you can eat.

Unlike bariatric surgeries, this procedure doesn’t require invasive incisions. Instead, your surgeon places the balloon into your stomach through an endoscope in your throat. You only need a local anesthetic during the five-minute procedure.

Once the balloon is in place inside your stomach, our team fills it with air. As the balloon inflates, it takes up room in your stomach and slows down the emptying process, so you feel fuller longer. This helps you control your portion sizes, so you can lose a significant amount of weight safely and effectively.

The Orbera intragastric balloon treatment process

While our bariatric specialists design a treatment plan for each individual, most people benefit from having the intragastric balloon in place for six months.

Typically, within the first three months, you’ll get used to feeling full after eating smaller portions of healthy food. This helps you make lifelong changes to your eating habits, so you can maintain your weight loss results.

After six months, we can remove the balloon from your stomach during another outpatient, endoscopic procedure. If you haven’t achieved the results you desire, we can refit you for another balloon for another phase of treatment.

The many benefits of Orbera intragastric balloon

Losing weight can be difficult without the right help. If you’re not a candidate for gastric bypass surgery or a gastric sleeve, the Orbera Intragastric Balloon system can help you drop weight fast without surgery.

When compared to invasive surgery, the intragastric balloon system offers additional benefits like:

You may even be able to use the Orbera Intragastric Balloon treatment to shed excess pounds in the months before a big event and get the results you want in as little as three months.

We offer comprehensive health evaluations to determine which weight loss treatment is the right one for you. If you’re not a candidate for traditional bariatric surgery or aren’t interested in invasive surgery, schedule a consultation to find out if the Orbera Intragastric Balloon treatment is right for you.

Call OakBend Medical Group in Richmond, Texas, today to schedule a weight loss surgery consultation today or book an appointment online. 

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