Weight loss is a never ending journey for some people, because regardless of how much they diet and exercise, they can’t seem to be able to shed those extra pounds. The Orbera Managed Weight Loss System may be the solution. The system uses an intragastric balloon to initiate a lifestyle change for people struggling to lose weight. But just how does the Orbera weight loss bubble work.
What is Orbera?
Orbera is a non-surgical weight loss system that uses a gastric balloon to help patients meet their weight loss goals. The Orbera balloon, which is made of soft silicone, is inserted into the stomach and takes up space to create a sense of fullness. It also helps to slow down digestion and assist with proper portion control.
The Orbera Weight Loss System is FDA approved for use by obese individuals with a BMI of 30 to 40. It is appropriate for people that have tried diet, exercise, and other weight loss interventions, but have not been able to lose the excess weight.
The Orbera gastric balloon is part of an overall managed weight loss program that sees patients getting the support they need from a team of experts, which includes a nutritionist, fitness trainer, and psychologist. The Orbera team creates a tailored support program for each patient, in order to keep them motivated during the year-long Orbera managed weight loss program.
Orbera is designed not only to assist with weight loss, but to help patients establish healthy habits that will make it easier for them to keep the weight off in the long term.
How does the Orbera weight loss bubble work?
Inserting the Orbera balloon into the stomach is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients are first given mild sedation, and then the deflated Orbera balloon is inserted into the stomach by way of the esophagus. This is done with the use of an endoscope, which is a medical imaging device that has a flexible camera on the end.
Once the balloon is in place, a syringe is used to fill it with sterile saline solution, and it is inflated until it’s about the size of an average grapefruit. The insertion procedure takes about 20 minutes, and patients go home the same day.
When the balloon is inflated it takes up space in the stomach, so patients feel full quickly, even after eating only a small meal.
The Orbera balloon is left in place for about 6 months, and during this time patients are encouraged to eat smaller portions of food, and develop healthy eating habits.
The balloon is removed at the end of the 6 month period. The balloon is deflated and then taken out using an endoscopic procedure much like the one used to insert it. However, the Orbera Managed Weight Loss Program lasts for an additional 6 months, so patients will continue to receive the necessary coaching from their support team, to ensure that they reach their weight loss goals.
What to expect
After the gastric balloon is inserted some patients experience nausea and vomiting in the first few days. Medications are prescribed to relieve these symptoms.
Patients generally lose most of their excess weight during the first 3 months of the Orbera Weight Loss Program, and this can range from 20-50 pounds. Studies show that patients on the Orbera system experience 3 times more weight loss than individuals that only follow a program of diet and exercise.
However, the amount of weight loss experienced with Orbera is influenced by variables such as the patient’s starting weight and motivational level. In order to achieve optimal results, patients must be motivated to lose weight and must also be willing to make the required lifestyle changes.
Benefits of Orbera
Orbera is a non-invasive, non-surgical endoscopic procedure that is done without incisions, so there is no anesthesia or surgical scars. It is a safe, medically supervised program, therefore patients benefit from the expertise of their support team.
Would you like to learn more about the Orbera weight loss bubble?
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