This soft, yet long-lasting silicone balloon called ORBERA was created to help obese patients drop pounds and maintain their weight. A deflated, thin balloon device is placed in the patient’s stomach and filled with saline. Similar in shape and size of a grapefruit, the balloon stays in place for at least six months. This allows the individual enough time to reinforce good eating habits and portion control. When used in tandem with a supervised diet and program that modifies a person’s behavior, ORBERA has proven to be successful.
Approved by the FDA, ORBERA Intragastric Balloon can help individuals with a 30 to 40 body mass index (BMI). In a clinical trial, patients who had undergone this latest procedure had lost over three times the amount compared to those who followed a diet and exercise program. They were also able to keep the weight off up six months after the device was removed. The incision-less weight loss procedure gastric balloon allowed individuals to achieve their excess weight reduction goal by 38 percent. Combined with nutritional guidance and medication management, patients could lose substantially more.