Gastric Balloon

OakBend Medical Group

Bariatric & General Surgery located in Richmond, TX

If you’re looking for a way to lose weight without undergoing surgery, the Orbera® Intragastric Balloon could be the answer. Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, Steven M. Thomas, MD, FACS, and Genna Lubrano, MD, of OakBend Medical Group in Houston has considerable experience of using intragastric balloon treatments, which are ideal for people who are finding it hard to shift excess weight despite adopting a healthy lifestyle. To find out more, call the clinic today or book an appointment online.

Gastric Balloon Q & A

What is a gastric balloon?

The Orbera Intragastric Balloon is an entirely reversible, noninvasive method of reducing your stomach size on a temporary basis. Whereas procedures such as gastric sleeve and gastric bypass involve surgeries that make permanent alterations to your digestive system, the intragastric balloon is inserted into your stomach using an endoscope, so there are no incisions into your skin.

How is the gastric balloon fitted?

Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, Steven M. Thomas, MD, FACS, and Genna Lubrano, MD uses an endoscope to position the balloon correctly, a procedure that takes only five minutes, and you’ll be under an anesthetic. In most cases, you can go home and return to normal activities within twenty-four hours of having the procedure. Because the balloon is taking up room in your stomach and slowing how quickly it empties, you’ll feel full more quickly when you eat, which helps you manage your portion sizes.

What are the benefits of the Orbera Intragastric Balloon?

The intragastric balloon has several benefits:

  • No need for surgery
  • Simple outpatient procedure
  • No scarring
  • Only stays in for six months
  • Easy to remove
  • No permanent change to your stomach
  • Helps you adopt healthy eating habits

The intragastric balloon is suitable for losing weight if you have a special occasion coming up and you are not interested in surgery. Results can be seen in as little as three months.

How long does the Orbera Intragastric Balloon stay in?

The balloon is usually left in place for six months. After the first three months, you’ll be accustomed to the feeling of fullness after eating and used to eating healthier portion sizes. After the six months are up, our team removes your balloon in another simple outpatient procedure.

Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, Steven M. Thomas, MD, FACS, or Genna Lubrano, MD can refit the Orbera Intragastric Balloon for a further period if it’s required, but most patients find they notice a significant difference after their first round of treatment. If you want to lose weight that’s hard to shift, contact Dr. Reilly to discuss the Orbera Intragastric Balloon method of weight loss. Call the clinic or book an appointment online today.