The Orbera® Balloon surgery involves placing a small balloon, the size of a grapefruit, into the stomach to restrict the amount of food being consumed. The balloon is removed after six months, and the majority of weight loss occurs within the first year.
The initial procedure will involve placing the deflated balloon in your stomach by way of endoscopy. The patient is sedated during the procedure, and after the device is set, the physician will fill the balloon with a saline solution through a self-sealing valve, expanding it to create a spherical shape inside the stomach. The treatment is customized to a patient’s specific medical needs, and the balloon can be filled with 400 to 700 cc of saline solution. After adjusting the balloon to the correct position, the balloon can begin controlling your food portions. This procedure is minimally invasive and has a shorter recovery period than other procedure options.
There are follow up procedures, and if you feel any discomfort, please notify your doctor. The balloon is removed by endoscopy after six months. The effects of the balloon will continue after it is removed and patients can expect to continue losing weight as long as they continue their diet and exercise. Orbera® is a procedure that has the benefits of significant weight loss without the invasiveness of surgery. However, no procedure option should be taken lightly. Please discuss with your doctor all of your options before fully committing to this surgery.