Gastric Balloon

The Orbera Intragastric Balloon is made of soft, smooth silicone rubber. With an endoscopic, non-surgical procedure, the empty balloon is passed down through your mouth and esophagus and placed in your stomach. The procedure takes about 20-30 minutes and patients typically return home the same day.

After the balloon is in place the balloon is filled with saline, and inflates to become about the size of a grapefruit.  The Orbera Balloon floats in your stomach, taking up space and creating a feeling of fullness.

During the six months in which the balloon stays in place, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise program, coming for regular follow-up care with our team.

After six months, the balloon is removed through a similar endoscopic procedure. Of course it is important to continue to maintain your diet and exercise program following the removal of the balloon.

Frequently Asked Questions About Balloon

Who can get a balloon?
In order to be eligible for an Orbera gastric balloon, you must be at least 18 years of age, and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 30 and 40. You must also be willing to participate in our medically supervised weight loss program for 12 months, meeting regularly with our doctor and our nutritionist.

Does insurance cover the cost?
No, insurance does not cover the cost of a balloon. The program is only offered on a cash pay basis.

How much weight will I lose?
Like all weight loss interventions, every person’s weight loss is individual. When studied, patients with the Orbera gastric balloon lost an average of 3.1 times more weight than patients who utilized diet and exercise alone. Patients in a clinical study lost an average of 21.8 pounds after six months with the Orbera Balloon.

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