What is a gastric balloon procedure and how can it help me lose weight?
A gastric balloon procedure is a non-surgical and temporary weight loss device now available in San Diego.
First, a diagnostic endoscopy is done to ensure that it is safe to perform the procedure. Once you are mildly sedated and comfortable, the procedure can begin. The deflated gastric balloon is inserted through the esophagus and into your stomach. A syringe is then used to fill the balloon, with a sterile saline solution, to about the size of a grapefruit. For the next six months, the Orbera® balloon is inside your stomach, reducing the amount you can eat, and re-training your brain to better anticipate when your stomach is getting full.
It’s during this time that open and constant communication with your support team is crucial to maximizing the benefits of Orbera®. While the balloon is in your stomach, we provide you with professional health and wellness advice so you can adopt good healthy eating habits and change your lifestyle so you can lose weight quickly and keep it off long term.
During these first six months, with the gastric balloon and support team working in tandem, patients see the most drastic results - Losing 20 to 50 pounds (sometimes even more).
What can I expect from a gastric balloon procedure?
- A good goal is to try and average a loss of 1kg per week and studies show that with the ORBERA® Managed Weight Loss Program people can lose up to 10-15kgs* of excess weight. 75% of weight loss at 6 months is maintained through 12 months.
- The recovery time is the same as of an upper endoscopy procedure. The first few days you might have nausea that can be controlled with medications.
- The procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes.
About the Orbera Gastric Balloon
Orbera® is a non-surgical weight loss procedure, which means no incisions, stitches, or scars. It takes about 20 minutes; most people go home the same day. And, importantly, the balloon is in place only temporarily, as opposed to permanent surgical alterations.
It’s been shown that the average person loses 3.1x more weight with Orbera® than with diet and exercise alone. Here’s some of the reasons why: Diets can leave you feeling hungry or dissatisfied. Orbera® helps by taking up room in the stomach and encouraging portion control.
When you’re overweight, exercise can be challenging and uncomfortable. With Orbera® aiding your weight loss, physical activity can be more comfortable.
Orbera® has met the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy’s (ASGE) Preservation and Incorporation of Valuable Endoscopic Innovations (PIVI) threshold standards for the treatment of obesity.
How much does a gastric balloon procedure cost?
The procedure costs usually 5,500 USD, however we have an ongoing promotion with a reduced price of 5,000 USD. We also accept major health care insurance plans. Please contact our San Diego office to learn more.
Am I qualified for a gastric balloon weight loss procedure?
In order to qualify for a gastric balloon procedure, you must not have had any previous gastric surgery. You must also have a BMI higher than 30.
Our Orbera gastric balloon program is unique in San Diego and we assure you very satisfactory results!