If you’re considering bariatric surgery, first take a look at the Orbera weight loss system or intragastric balloon system. The Orbera system is ideal for obese individuals (BMI of 30 to 40 kg/m2) looking to lose weight that have not had success with diet and exercises alone.
The Orbera Weight Loss System is an endoscopic, non-surgical procedure that allows you to lose weight without surgery and with hardly any side effects. It involves the insertion of a special balloon to occupy a large portion of the stomach, limiting its holding capacity. This is followed up with a special diet and exercises. The four major benefits of the Orbera weight loss systems are:
- No surgery required: Insertion of the Orbera gastric balloon can be performed as an outpatient procedure and takes no more than 30 minutes. The entire procedure is performed under light sedation. The possible complications of performing stomach surgery, such as bleeding, clot formation, anesthesia risks, breathing problems and bowel obstruction, can be avoided.
- Non-invasive: The deflated Orbera gastric balloon is placed into your stomach through your mouth. Your doctor will then inflate the balloon with sterile solution to create a sense of fullness allowing you to practice portion control without feeling hungry. This does not change the stomach anatomy in any way and no incisions made on your abdomen. There is also no rupture of the mucosal lining with this procedure. This avoids wound infection, organ injury, gastrointestinal leak or staple line leak.
- Nothing is left inside the body permanently: The Orbera gastric balloon is placed in your stomach for no more than 6 months, at which point it is safely deflated and removed. During this period, you can expect to lose weight up to 3 times faster than if what you would lose through diet and exercise alone.
- Instils healthy living habits: Once the balloon is removed you continue to work with your treatment team, which includes a dietician, a fitness trainer and a psychologist, in order to reinforce your healthy eating habits and exercise program.
Consult with one of our specialists today to find out if you’re a candidate for the Orbera System.
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