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Lose Weight Non-Surgically With a Weight Loss Balloon
The Orbera Intragastric Balloon (IGB) is made to help you eat less and lose weight, without surgery. The IGB has been proven to help patients experience 3.1x more weight loss than diet and exercise alone, and the 12-month IGB program provides the right tools and resources to successfully learn to keep it off.
Orbera IGB works because it gets to the root of the problem – your eating habits.
How Does Orbera IGB Work?
The entire non-surgical, outpatient procedure takes about 20 minutes. First, a diagnostic endoscopy is done to ensure that it is safe to perform the procedure. Once you are mildly sedated and comfortable, the procedure can begin.
The IGB is made of soft, smooth silicone rubber. The empty IGB is passed through your mouth, down your esophagus, and into your stomach. Once in place, it is filled with saline. It then becomes about the size of a grapefruit.
The filled IGB lies in your stomach and takes up space. The IGB also slows down how fast your food passes through your stomach. From the time that your IGB is placed and for six months after it is removed, you will follow a healthy diet and exercise program. You may not lose weight if you do not follow the program.
During these first six months patients see the most drastic results – losing 20-50 pounds (sometimes even more).
Losing weight and keeping it off is not easy. A group of healthcare professionals will help you through your journey. They will help you make, and keep, changes in your eating and exercise habits.
Orbera IGA is well tolerated for the majority of patients. Common adverse effects include nausea, vomiting, and gastric pain and these typically resolve within one to two weeks after placement.
Benefits of Orbera:
- No incisions
- Proven to be safe
- Proven results
Who Can Receive an Orbera IGB?
The Orbera IGB is for adults who are suffering from obesity and have not been able to lose weight and keep it off. To receive an Orbera IGB, you must be willing to follow a 12-month program. The program begins with the use of the IGB and a healthy diet and exercise program for six months. That is followed by six more months of a healthy diet and exercise program without the IGB in your stomach.
How Much Does Orbera IGB Cost?
The Orbera® program can cost as little as $150 a month. In comparison, surgical programs like gastric bypass can cost $15,000 or more.