Is ORBERA® right for you?

Trying to lose that last bit of baby weight, planning your dream wedding, or just need a kick-start to your weight loss plans, the ORBERA® Intragastric Balloon could be just what you need. Whatever your motivation, this weight loss solution requires no surgery and is a quick same-day procedure performed in an endoscopy setting.

ORBERA® can help you control your appetite and kick start your weight loss? And while the ORBERA® Managed Weight Loss Program does not require surgery, any medical procedure requires careful thought and consideration.


ORBERA® was designed by a team of physicians to be a simple yet powerful weight loss solution. A comprehensive, two-part program starts with a soft yet durable balloon that fills space in your stomach and reinforces proper portion control, which will help you maintain your weight over time. The balloon is temporary and placed in your stomach for six months.

Once the balloon is in place, you’ll receive diet and exercise coaching from a team of experts—which may include a dietitian, psychologist, and exercise physiologist—to help keep you motivated, provide advice, coordinate your program, and help you work through weight loss barriers to meet your long-term weight loss goals. Your coaching continues even after the balloon is removed at six months for a total of 12 months.

The two-part program is designed to provide effective, motivating results and the insights you need to help establish healthy behaviors keep the weight off in the long run. If it’s momentum you need, ORBERA™ can help you get rolling.

About the ORBERA® procedure:

During the procedure, a soft, expandable, silicone balloon is placed inside the stomach with the assistance of a camera that enters through the mouth. The balloon is filled with saline and stays in place for 6 months creating a feeling of fullness and satiety. Placement of ORBERA® takes approximately 20-30 minutes and is performed by a team of qualified Surgeons/Gastroenterologists, Nurses, and Anesthesiologists/Nurse Anesthetists. At the 6 month mark, the balloon is removed in a similar fashion in which it was placed.

Patients are encouraged to participate in follow-up visits with their physicians and nutritionist during the time the balloon is in place and also after its removal in order to sustain their weight loss.

ORBERA®  is completely reversible and effective in temporarily reducing hunger, controlling food intake, initiating behavioral change, and achieving target weight loss of anywhere from 20-60lbs.

How does ORBERA® work?

The ORBERA® ‘balloon’ is a soft, expandable intragastric (inside the stomach) device that is temporarily inserted into the stomach.

How much weight can I expect to lose with ORBERA®?

The amount of weight you can expect to lose depends on many factors including your starting BMI and your commitment to follow-up. In the US clinical trial, patients lost an average of 40% of their excess weight. This represented 2X as much weight as those who participated in a medically supervised weight loss program alone. Typical patients can expect to lose anywhere from 20-60lbs.

How is ORBERA® different?

The ORBERA® Managed Weight Loss Program is unique in that it’s not a stand-alone diet, not surgery and not a diet pill. It requires no cutting and no incisions and is completely reversible.

What is the expected recovery time?

Once your nausea subsides. Usually you may return to work in around three days after the procedure. The ORBERA® Intragastric Balloon may not be right for you if:

  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • You have had previous gastric surgery, or any of the following conditions:
      • Prior gastrointestinal surgery
      • Major prior or present psychological disorder
      • Any inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract
      • Potential upper-gastrointestinal bleeding conditions
      • A large hiatal hernia (larger than 5 cm)
      • A structural abnormality in the esophagus or pharynx, such as a stricture or diverticulum
  • Any other medical condition that would not permit elective endoscopy
  • You are addicted to drugs or alcohol
  • You are unwilling to participate in an established, medically supervised diet and behavior modification program
  • You are aspirin, anti-inflammatory agents, anticoagulants, or other gastric irritants not under medical supervision.

How much does ORBERA® cost?

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Placement of ORBERA® 

In a non-surgical procedure done under a mild sedative, the thin and deflated ORBERA™ balloon is placed into the stomach. It is then filled with saline until it’s about the size of an grapefruit. The procedure typically takes about 20-30 minutes so you can generally go home the very same day.

Removal of ORBERA® 

At six months, the balloon is removed in the same way it was placed. Through a non-surgical procedure done under a mild sedative, it is deflated first then removed.

Although critical for weight loss, diet and exercise alone are sometimes not enough. There are many factors that can influence your ability to effectively lose weight such as hunger management and how well you control the portion size of meals. The ORBERA® two-part program has an extensive history of helping to address these two factors. It helps you control portion size and provides an expert support team that helps coach you towards healthy habits to meet your weight loss goals.

Follow-up Care

Our unique aftercare and support program will help you maximize your weight loss with ORBERA®. During the six month period the ORBERA® intragastric balloon is in place you will meet regularly with our team to monitor your progress and receive education and training. These important educational aspects of the Program involve the nutrition and lifestyle changes that you must follow in order to achieve long-term success.

What will my diet be post-procedure?

You will be restricted to a liquid diet for the first three days following the procedure. After a few days on a liquid diet, you will be ready to begin the transition to semi-solids such as thicker soups and fruit purées. You will begin solid food after approximately one week. How quickly you make this transition will depend on your progress and how well your body is tolerating the liquids. It is important to make the transition slowly, and to try not to rush the adjustment process.


You can expect to lose more weight with the intragastric balloon than with traditional diets. The intragastric balloon gives you a feeling of satiety and thus you are better able to control your eating which helps you to make healthy changes in your habits.
The intragastric balloon will give you a feeling of satiety or fullness so you will not feel like eating as much as you used to. Overeating while the intragastric balloon is in place can be dangerous and can result in severe vomiting.
Alcohol in moderation is acceptable but keep in mind that it is calories without nutrition.
The intragastric balloon is not a miracle, but rather a tool to help change your lifestyle. Taking part in our program will give you the education and support to change your lifestyle and eating habits and give you a better chance for long-term success. Follow-up can be done in person or possibly by telephone in some instances with our dietitian, nurses and surgeons.
Longer periods of use than six months are not recommended because the acidic content of your stomach can weaken the intragastric balloon material and cause the intragastric balloon to deflate. Should your surgeon recommend use of the intragastric balloon for longer than six months, it must be replaced with a new intragastric balloon at the end of the six month period.
The intragastric balloon is removed in the same way it was placed in your stomach, via the oesophagus and mouth. Using an endoscopic camera, the doctor introduces a catheter through the mouth and into the stomach. The intragastric balloon is then punctured and deflated. Once the intragastric balloon is deflated it can be grasped and removed. This is no different to a simple gastroscopy or upper endoscopy procedure.
It is very likely that the presence of the intragastric balloon in the stomach will cause nausea or vomiting for a few days after placement. Your doctor will prescribe medication to help minimize these potential effects but these can persist during the first week. There exists the possibility that you will lose only a small amount of weight or lose no weight at all while using the intragastric balloon. Of course your commitment to dietary and behavioral changes will determine your success.
There will be discomfort during the first few days after the procedure. From then on, the intragastric balloon will give you a feeling of fullness. Some people can feel their intragastric balloon externally, others cannot. After the first week it does not cause any discomfort.
You should plan at least five days of inactivity to recover from the procedure. You will be able to resume normal activity sooner or later than this depending on how quickly your body adjusts to the balloon.
The follow-up program is critical to success of the intragastric balloon and in learning new lifestyle skills. You will meet with your support team at least once-a-month while the intragastric balloon is in place. During this time your progress will be evaluated and you will learn valuable principles of health, nutrition and exercise that will provide you a foundation for long-term success.
During the first week of the procedure you should not plan any heavy activities. Once your body has adjusted to the intragastric balloon you can continue your normal activities. Starting a regular exercise program is highly recommended and will improve your success.
No. There are no visible scars or marks because there is no surgery and it is completely discrete. No one will know unless you tell them.
It is shown that, provided you keep to the prescribed diet and exercise regime, you will have achieved greater weight loss than through dieting alone at 24 months. Diet stimulates your body into thinking it is starving. This then activates mechanisms to regain weight. The intragastric balloon ‘fools’ your body into thinking it is full, preventing those mechanisms from being activated. This gives you the kick-start you need to lose your excess weight. Then, if you stick to your new, healthy lifestyle you will be well on the way to maintaining your weight loss.