Many of our patients struggle to lose weight on their own, but are hesitant to pursue bariatric surgery. At Houston Weight Loss, we offer the ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon at our Spring, Texas-area practice as an effective non-surgical weight-loss solution. This soft, durable silicone balloon is endoscopically placed in the stomach to encourage proper portion control. It is part of a two-stage system approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that helps patients establish healthier habits in order to maintain long-term weight loss.
To learn more about whether the ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon is right for you, contact us today to get your questions answered, or for a free consultation at (281) 653-6544.
How Does Orbera™ Work?
The weight loss system was created to be a powerful weight loss tool which works together with lifestyle modification. The two-part program begins with the placement of the intragastric balloon which fills up space in the person’s stomach. Once the balloon has been placed, the patient will receive a diet and exercise plan designed to help them develop portion control skills. After six months the balloon is removed, however coaching to maintain healthy habit will continue for a total of 12 months. The balloon is placed in a non-surgical procedure performed under mild sedation. The deflated balloon is inserted and then filled with a saline solution and when full will be about the size of a grapefruit. This usually takes 20 to 30 minutes and patients can typically go home that day.
How Much Weight Can I Expect to Lose?
As a tool which is used in conjunction with diet and exercise, the Orbera™ system can be very beneficial to most patients. The amount of weight lost will depend however on how well the patient maintains their diet and exercise. If the person truly embraces the weight loss plan and has a serious commitment to losing weight, his or her results can be amazing. Clinical studies show that on average, patients lost approximately 3x the weight of those who were using a diet and exercise program alone. The study also showed that patients lost an average of 21.8 lbs. *Individual results may vary