ORBERA
Intragastric Balloon

Managed Weight Loss System

The ORBERA intragastric balloon is an alternative to bariatric surgery in patients with a lower body mass index (from 30 to 40) and have not had previous stomach surgery.

What is the ORBERA Managed Weight Loss System?

The ORBERA intra-gastric balloon is an alternative to bariatric surgery in patients with a lower body mass index (from 30 to 40) and have not had a previous stomach surgery

How does the ORBERA Intragastric balloon work?

The ORBERA gastric balloon works in 2 ways to help you lose weight:

First Way

It reduces the available room in your stomach for food. The average stomach is 1.5 L in volume, and the average gastric balloon takes up close to half of that space. That leaves about 60% of your stomach available for food. You physically won’t be able to eat as much in one sitting as you could pre-gastric balloon

Second Way

 The most significant benefit may be that the balloon restricts the free passage of food and water. The restriction substantially slows the passage of food through your stomach, making you feel full quicker and stay full longer

 

How is the ORBERA Balloon placed?

The ORBERA intragastric balloon is an alternative to bariatric surgery in patients with a lower body mass index (from 30 to 40) and have not had previous stomach surgery. Under sedation, the balloon is placed through the mouth into the stomach. The position is confirmed with endoscopy and the balloon is filled up with 600 cc of fluid

How long is the procedure?

The procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete and you go home the same day

How long does the balloon stay in the stomach?

The ORBERA balloon is designed to stay in the stomach for 6 months. After six months, the balloon must be removed endoscopically under sedation, typically in 10-15 minutes. 

How long does the balloon stay in the stomach?

The ORBERA balloon is designed to stay in the stomach for 6 months. After six months, the balloon must be removed endoscopically under sedation, typically in 10-15 minutes. 

What happens after the ORBERA balloon is placed?

Immediately after the balloon is placed, you’ll feel some discomfort, which may last a few days to a couple of weeks. Some discomfort is normal, but be sure to report anything that feels abnormal or painful

During the first week after the procedure, most patients are not hungry. Some patients experience nausea that gets worse with food intake but it is controlled with medication. Weight loss can be significant during the first week. Men may lose 8 to 15 pounds during their first week and women typically lose about 4 to 8 pounds during the first week.

Your appetite may slowly start to return during week 2. However, you should feel full after a minimal amount of food.

During weeks 3 to 6, you’ll notice your appetite continues to get stronger, and your ability to tolerate more food will increase. You should continue to eat slowly, track what you eat, and pay attention to signs of discomfort. Hiccups, acid reflux, and nausea indicate you are eating too much or too quickly.

During weeks 7 to 12, you should continue to lose weight, typically at a slower rate compared to the first 6 weeks. This is the time to maximize your weight loss by focusing on healthy, nutrient-dense foods. We will help you implement a sustainable exercise routine. The routine should be something that can be maintained for the rest of your life. 

During weeks 12 to 26, you should focus on maintaining your weight loss. It is essential to learn how to maintain your weight loss by focusing on a healthy diet and a sustainable exercise program. 

While you can continue to lose weight during this period, most patients’ weight loss plateaus around three months. Be sure to take this time to turn your diet and exercise changes into habits. Our team of doctors, nutritionists and coaches will be along your side throughout while the balloon is in your stomach and 6 months after it is removed 

How much weight can I expect to lose?

You can typically expect to lose between 20 and 50 pounds.

The amount you lose depends on your starting weight and your ability to implement and maintain a new diet and exercise regimen. It is imperative to continue the new exercise regimen after the gastric balloon is removed.

Patients averaged about 10% weight loss from their starting weight during the FDA trials. However, many patients report losing 15% to 20% of their total body weight.

What are the potential side effects of the ORBERA balloon?

Acid reflux, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps, especially during the first few days while you stomach adapts to the balloon (“ the adaptation period”), but symptoms can be controlled with medications.

Difficulty sleeping may occur and may be related to an uncomfortable stomach or acid reflux while lying down.

Acute pancreatitis is a rare risk from an overfilled saline balloon

The balloon can rupture spontaneously and will have to be removed before the 6-month period (rare)

ORBERA Pricing

Base ESG Package

ORBERA PRICING  

Base ORBERA package $6,500DLLS (USA) $4,500DLLS (MX)

Initial consultation

Comprehensive medical and nutritional assessment

Orbera Balloon placement procedure (including equipment, anesthesia, physician and facility fees)

Be Better post-ORBERA customized nutritional plan by a bariatric dietitian for 1 year (including unlimited communication via email)

Physician follow up every 2 months for 6 months (including unlimited communication via telephone, video call and/or email)

Enhanced ORBERA Package

Base ORBERA package plus:

Be Better back to physical activity and exercise program by a certified coach for 1 year: $500.00

90-day complication coverage insurance for up to $25,000: $510.00 (only applies in the USA)

Concierge ORBERA Package

Lodging and transportation arrangements: We facilitate reservations with our partnered providers.

*We do not charge for accommodations or transportation services

* We do not charge a commission over the mentioned services

* Our patients can always pick a hotel or transportation service of their choosing, ours is only a suggestion.

*Patients will pay directly to the provider of each service (hotel and/or transportation)

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