ORBERA® is a two-part weight loss program designed to help you to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Long-lasting weight loss and overall health is much more achievable with ORBERA®'s gastric balloon technology, healthy diet, personalized exercise plan, support team and access to an available online after-care program. It has been shown that patients can lose up to 3x the weight with ORBERA®'s weight loss system than with just diet and exercise alone.
The deflated gastric balloon is inserted through your mouth, eliminating the need for incisions or stitches and the scars they leave behind. After the stomach balloon is inserted through the esophagus and properly into the stomach it's filled with a safe saline solution. When the ORBERA® stomach balloon is filled completely it is about the size of a grapefruit and moves freely around the stomach.
Once you meet with Dr. Mason to discuss weight loss goals, a comprehensive program will be developed for you, which can include one-on-one coaching and expert guidance on dietary nutrition and fitness. It won't be like anything you've tried before, because it includes ORBERA®.
The next step is placement of the ORBERA® balloon in your stomach to help you exercise portion control and eat smaller meals.
In the first few days after placement, you may experience nausea or vomiting. In some patients it may last up to one to two weeks. Your Specialist will work with you to prescribe medication that will proactively manage these symptoms and help you adjust to the balloon.
While the ORBERA® balloon stays in for six months, you'll lose the majority of the extra weight you've struggled to shed in the first few months. The adjustments to your eating habits and your continued efforts to stay active will greatly influence your results.
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Will I be awake during the placement of the ORBERA balloon? -- All patients will be sedated for the entire gastric balloon placement procedure
How long does the ORBERA balloon stay in my stomach?-- The ORBERA gastric balloon stays in the stomach for 6 months.
Is the procedure covered by insurance?-- Unfortunately, no, most insurance companies do not cover gastric balloon placement procedures.
I was told I was not overweight enough to qualify for bariatric surgery, could I still qualify for ORBERA gastric balloon placement?-- Yes, patients with a BMI between 30 and 40.
The cost for the procedure is based on a variety of factors, and can only be determined after an in-office consultation. We work with several companies that offer patients financing options.