Who Should Go For Gastric Balloon Placement?
An intra-gastric balloon may help you along your weight loss journey if you:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40
- Are dedicated to committing to healthy lifestyle changes (i.e. a healthy diet) and get regular medical follow-ups
- Can commit to six months of treatment
- Have not had any previous stomach or esophageal surgeries
An intra-gastric balloon system may not be the right choice for everyone. Talk with your doctor or schedule a consultation with NuBody Concepts today to see if ORBERA® is right for you.
How Does a Balloon System Work?
Before your actual procedure, your cosmetic surgeon may give you specific instructions regarding any medications you may currently be taking, what you will likely be recommended to eat and drink, and suggest enrolling in an exercise program during the period leading up to your procedure.
Placing the Balloon
On the day of your appointment, the deflated balloon is inserted into your stomach under IV sedation in a 20-minute procedure. The balloon is filled with a sterile solution to the size of a small grapefruit. For the next 6 months, the balloon takes up space in your stomach to slow down digestion and help you adapt to healthier portion sizes. Most patients see dramatic results after 1-2 months.
After the intra-gastric balloon system has been placed, you will usually be required to drink small amounts of clear liquids for up to six hours after the procedure. Your doctor may also recommend a liquid diet for a week or two before you begin eating soft foods or return to a normal diet. Typically, after about 3 weeks from the time of your gastric balloon insertion, you can begin eating regular, solid foods again.
Changing Your Habits
For the next six months, the Orbera® balloon system will begin helping you lose weight as you eat less, take part in a diet and monitoring program, and begin retraining your brain to better anticipate when your stomach is feeling full.
During this time, it will be important that you remain in constant contact with your support group. In order for you to maximize the benefits of Orbera®, it may require regular sessions with your NuBody team, dietician, fitness trainer, psychologist, and or general practitioner.
During these six months, patients notice a considerable difference that would most likely not have taken place with diet and exercise alone. Some report weight loss upwards of 50 pounds or more!
Removing the Balloon
After 6 months, the balloon is removed in another procedure similar to the first one. We offer an optional 12-month coaching program including monthly sessions with a registered dietician, over 100 recipe suggestions, and a mobile app to monitor progress.
How Much Weight Can You Lose with a Gastric Balloon?
Weight loss with a gastric balloon system varies depending on the changes you implement in your daily life. Although the placement of the balloon in your stomach reduces food intake and the sensation of hunger, there are additional steps you can take to experience the best results.
You can expect to lose around 7 to 15 percent of your body weight during the first six months after the placement of your gastric balloon. Total weight loss usually varies between individuals, but may range between 20 to 50 percent. The best part about gastric balloons is that the weight loss tends to be permanent – because you have successfully retrained your body to eat less. Unlike with may diets, gastric balloon patients don’t typically regain the weight.
Potential Risks & Side-Effects
It is rare for any severe side effects to occur with Orbera®. However, as with any procedure, you may experience some common side-effects, including:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Mild discomfort or pain soon after the balloon is placed
Nausea and pain typically only occur in about one-third of patients and quickly resolve within a few days after the procedure. Your surgeon will also prescribe anti-nausea medication that will help you through those first few days.
As mentioned above, it is rare for any serious side effects to occur due to an intragastric balloon. However, if you experience any severe:
- Abdominal pain
Call your doctor immediately, especially if these symptoms occur within the first few weeks of treatment.
There is also the risk of balloon deflation. Typically this results in saline leaking into your stomach, which is harmless. However, it will require removal and and replacement of the balloon. In rare cases, the deflated balloon can block the stomach. A stomach blockage is a serious condition and will require immediate medical attention and surgery to remove the device. Other risks include:
- Acute pancreatitis
- Ulcers or perforation in the stomach wall
Before your balloon procedure, be sure to talk with your doctor and be informed of any safety information related to your treatment.
Why Choose Orbera®?
Because Orbera helps you lose weight, it may also lower your risk of potentially serious weight-related health problems, such as:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Heart disease or stroke
- High blood pressure
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
- Type 2 diabetes
An intra-gastric balloon placement or any other weight loss surgery should only be considered if you have tried a weight loss program, improving your diet, and practicing consistent exercise habits prior to surgery.