Gastric balloons are a safe and effective way to lose weight when other methods have failed – and without having to resort to surgery or medication. Lightweight, specially designed balloons are placed in the stomach for a brief period of time (usually six months). During this time, you will be able to eat less and still feel satisfied because the balloons take up space in your stomach. After six months, the balloons are removed in a single, minimally invasive procedure with light sedation that typically takes no longer than 15 minutes to complete. When this nonsurgical weight-loss method is combined with a professionally supervised nutrition and exercise program, it can be an especially effective way to achieve optimal weight loss.
Orbera: Endoscopically Placed Gastric Balloon
Orbera is a minimally invasive endobariatric procedure that involves the precise placement of the balloons in your stomach via an outpatient endoscopy procedure. The Orbera procedure is safe, effective, and FDA-approved. Patients who have undergone the procedure reported almost 50% more weight loss than with other balloon procedures.
Are You a Good Candidate for Orbera?
If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 kg/m2 (are 30 to 100 pounds overweight) and are 22 years or older, you may qualify for the Orbera procedure. Keep in mind you cannot take any stomach-irritating medicines, such as aspirin, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like Motrin or Advil, while the balloons are in your stomach. Also, you cannot have the balloons placed if you live or plan to live at an altitude more than 4,000 feet higher or 2,500 feet lower than where the procedure was conducted. Your long-term weight loss success will depend on your readiness to modify your lifestyle and maintain this behavior after the balloons are removed. So, it’s important to discuss your willingness to accept this commitment with your physician prior to undergoing the Orbera gastric balloon weight-loss treatment.
Patients who may be good candidates for Orbera include those who:
- Have a BMI (body mass index) of 30-40
- Cannot or do not wish to undergo bariatric surgery
- Are willing to pay out-of-pocket for a weight-loss procedure
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Weight loss surgeon Dr. Enrique Whittwell is proud to be one of the surgeons providing the Orbera gastric balloon system in Miami, Florida.
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Adults who are 30 – 100 pounds overweight and have not had previous weight loss surgery may be good candidates for an Orbera gastric balloon. You must be willing to follow a diet and exercise program while using this nonsurgical weight-loss method. Some temporary nausea and stomach pain may occur for up to 2 weeks after the balloons are placed. You will need to take acid-blocking medicine as prescribed and remove the Orbera balloons in six months. Call your doctor for more information.
Obalon: Swallowable Gastric Balloon
For those who don't wish to undergo an outpatient endoscopy, the Obalon procedure is much easier. Patients simply swallow a capsule containing a small balloon, which then is inflated to the size of a small orange. The entire procedure can be done in the doctor's office, takes less than 10 minutes, and requires no sedation. While more effective than diet and exercise alone, the Obalon system may be less effective than Orbera for some people, according to patient reports. Obalon is also FDA-approved.
To take advantage of these revolutionary weight loss solutions, act today by calling (305) 665-0100 for a free gastric balloon consultation with Dr. Whittwell. You can also use our online appointment request form.