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Orbera™ is a simple tool designed to help you create a healthier lifestyle. A soft, saline-filled silicone balloon is placed in your stomach for six months. The balloon is designed to partially fill your stomach, giving you a feeling of fullness that will help you make the changes to your diet and lifestyle that will help you keep the weight off once the balloon is removed.
Orbera does not involve surgery or long-term drug therapy. The balloon is placed and removed during a simple 20-30 minute endoscopic procedure, during which you will be mildly sedated. A key component of the Orbera system is the 12 months of education and support, from implantation to six months after removal, provided by Dr. Nease and his team.
You’ll be lightly sedated while Dr. Nease uses an endoscope to insert a deflated gastric balloon into your stomach. Once in place, it’s injected with saline and sealed. The entire process normally takes around 20-30 minutes.
After a period of rest and observation, you will be discharged. For the first few days, as your stomach adjusts to the balloon, you’ll feel uncomfortable, and you may experience nausea, bloating, diarrhea or cramping. These side effects are temporary and normal. After the first two weeks, your body will have adjusted to Orbera and you should be following a regular nutrition plan.
Orbera has been described as a safe, non-surgical weight-loss option that is three times more effective than diet and exercise alone. It may be appropriate for patients who:
The most common measurement used to indicate whether a person is overweight is Body Mass Index (BMI). Use a BMI calculator to determine your eligibility. If you have a BMI of 30 or more, Orbera could be the solution for you. Dr. Nease and his team will be able to give you a more thorough health assessment based on your BMI and other relevant factors to ultimately determine whether you are a candidate for Orbera.
Patients treated with Orbera can expect to have significant weight loss during the six months the balloon is in place. Published clinical studies show that, for people who followed the lifestyle recommendations from their education and support team:
To participate, your BMI must fall within the guidelines and you must be able to follow the 12-month program, which:
If you are ready to try this new, non-surgical approach to weight control, please call 304.399.4118 or email us.