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Orbera Weight Loss

ORBERA™ is a weight loss balloon that was recently approved by the FDA. It is a temporary weight loss device that fills the stomach so you feel full after eating smaller meals. Patients who have the ORBERA™ balloon will keep the balloon in place for 6 months while they work with our team to make the lifestyle changes that will lead to weight loss. Once the balloon is removed, you’ll spend another 6 months working with our team to ensure you are comfortable maintaining your weight loss, or losing even more weight.

Do I qualify?

Orbera is intended for adult patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40 (click here to view our BMI calculator) who have attempted more conservative weight reduction alternatives.

The balloon is part of the ORBERA™ Managed Weight Loss System - a comprehensive, non-surgical two-part program that starts with the durable balloon filling space in a patient’s stomach to reinforce proper portion control.

Data on ORBERA™ collected in the U.S. clinical trial has shown the average person lost 3.1 times the weight as compared with diet and exercise alone within six months.

ORBERA™ is a safe and effective weight loss solution with over 220,000 placements worldwide.

The procedure

The ORBERA™ balloon is placed into your stomach with a thin tube that is inserted through your mouth. There are no incisions made during the procedure. The procedure is done while you are sedated, and takes approximately 20 minutes. Once the gastric balloon is in place, we will fill it with saline. You will go home the same day. After 6 months you will come back to the office and we will remove the balloon in a very similar way. You’ll again be sedated, will wake up soon after, and go home that day.

The balloon program

Patients who lose weight with ORBERA™ do so because they follow the lifestyle changes that go along with the implanted device. ORBERA™ reduces the capacity of your stomach for food, so you’ll feel full after eating a smaller meal. As part of the balloon program, our team of experts will work with you to find the best lifestyle changes that will lead to your success.

Removal of Orbera balloon

The Orbera balloon is intended to stay in place for 6 months, at which time it is removed. This process takes about 20-30 minutes. The removal process is similar to the balloon insertion process.

During this process, you will be sedated and your doctor will remove the sterile salt water from the Orbera balloon. Your doctor will then remove the deflated balloon from your stomach.

It is very important that you continue seeing your professional support team on a regular basis during this final six months of the program, as this will set the foundations for the future.

What is the cost of ORBERA™?

The cost of ORBERA™ varies from one person to the next, depending on their specific needs and condition, and usually includes the placement, retrieval, medications, and 2 visits to the center for IV infusion.

Factors that can affect the ORBERA™ costs are the hospital fees (quality of the surgery center), medical assessments, pre-operative lab fees, X-rays, anesthesia, cost of the actual ORBERA™ and post-operative fees like ORBERA™ fills and adjustments.

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Coverage And Fees

You should always be very wary of ORBERA™ costs that are quoted over a phone as they are usually either deceptively low by omitting charges that you will end up being billed for separately, or include charges that you will not need, but end up being charged for anyway.

You should only accept a quote in writing after you have met with an actual ORBERA™ Surgeon to discuss your individual needs. The quote should be detailed and in writing to include all ORBERA™ costs that you will be billed for, from pre-surgery tests and assessments to post-surgery support including ORBERA™ Fills and adjustments for at least 1 year following your surgery. To learn more about Gastric Balloon procedures and your other weight loss options, call us at (855) 690-0565 and schedule your consultation today!

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For those suffering from obesity and its related health concerns, there are options available. Now is the time to reclaim control over your weight loss journey. At West Medical, our physicians are dedicated to individualized treatment, ensuring that your specific needs are met. In addition, we offer consultations and FREE seminars in which a member of our surgical team can personally address any questions or concerns you may have regarding the Gastric Balloon procedure. To learn more about Gastric Balloon procedures and your other weight loss options, call us at (855) 690-0565 and schedule your consultation today!

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Safety Information

Even though the ORBERA intragastric balloon is non-surgical and less invasive compared to other weight loss surgeries, it’s crucial to note that all surgical procedures have their inherent risks. Before you decide on which bariatric procedure to get, it is very important for your health and well-being to learn about the associated risks of the surgery. It is imperative to discuss with your ORBERA surgeon at length about the potential risks and complications that might happen during your ORBERA intragastric balloon procedure.


The ORBERA intragastric balloon is indicated for use as an adjunct to weight reduction for patients’ obesity and a body mass index (BMI) of 30-40 kg/m2 (click here to view our BMI calculator).

It is to be used in conjunction with a long-term, supervised diet and behavior modification program designed to increase the possibility of significant weight loss and the maintenance of that weight loss.

The ORBERA intragastric balloon procedure is intended for adults who have attempted more conservative weight reduction alternatives such as a supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs.


The ORBERA intragastric balloon is not recommended for patients with:

  • Prior gastrointestinal
  • Prior bariatric surgery
  • Inflammatory disease of the GI tracts (including esophagitis, gastric ulceration, duodenal ulceration, cancer or specific inflammation such as Crohn’s disease)
  • Potential upper GI bleeding conditions (esophageal or gastric varices)
  • Congenital or acquired intestinal telangiectasis
  • Other congenital anomalies of the gastrointestinal tract such as atresia or stenosis)
  • Large hiatal hernia or > 5cm hernia
  • Structural abnormality in the esophagus or pharynx (such as a stricture or diverticulum, patulous pylorus, active H. pylori infection
  • Delayed gastric emptying
  • Gastric mass

Patients known to have or suspected to have an allergic reaction to materials in ORBERA should not consider this weight loss procedure. The ORBERA intragastric balloon is not recommended for patients who:

  • Are diagnosed with alcoholism
  • Have a drug addiction
  • Are receiving aspirin, anti-inflammatory agents, anticoagulants or other gastric irritants not under medical supervision
  • Are known to be pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Are unwilling to participate in an established medically-supervised diet and behavior modification program with routine medical follow-up
  • Are unable or unwilling to take prescribed proton pump inhibitor medication for the duration of the device implant

This procedure is not intended for those with the presence of more than one intragastric balloon at the same time. Those with any other medical condition that would not permit elective endoscopy are not recommended to get the ORBERA intragastric balloon.

Warnings: Though only intended to be a short term weight loss option, replacement and/or removal may be necessary in some cases. Other adjustments, replacements or removal may be necessary for patients who become ill, pregnancy is confirmed during treatment, have another surgery to be undergone, and have any symptoms indicative of trouble with the balloon and/or harm to them. Early removal is also necessary in the event of a balloon deflation.

Any patients reporting loss of satiety, increased hunger, and/or weight gain should be examined for balloon deflation. If the intragastric balloon is deflated, it must be removed promptly to prevent bowel obstruction or need for emergency surgery. Laryngospasm and aspiration pneumonia are risks during balloon insertion and removal. Other risks associated with placement of the intragastric balloon are gag reflex, leaking of the balloon valve/catheter junction, incomplete filling or early leaks after disconnect.

Possible side effects or complications may include but are not limited to nausea, vomiting, general abdominal pain gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastroparesis, fetid eructation (halitosis), diarrhea, spontaneous balloon deflation, gastric perforation/rupture, esophageal tear/perforation, gastric outlet obstruction, dehydration and ulcers.

Our bariatric surgeons are highly trained in providing a safe and effective gastric balloon procedure and program, as well as in identifying potential issues. Your surgeon will work closely with you to ensure a safe and effective process. Contact us for more information or to get started!

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