Orbera 365 Gastric Balloon
The Gastric Balloon (Orbera 365) is a reversible non-surgical procedure which means no incisions, stiches, scars or anatomical modifications.
The Orbera 365 balloon is an endoscopic procedure which is inserted using a thin camera, through the mouth. The inflated soft silicon balloon occupies a large space in the stomach and will make you feel very full after a small meal. During the 12 months that the balloon is in place, your body will gradually adapt to smaller portion sizes. The Orbera 365 balloon helps you to achieve around 15% weight loss on average and can help you to continue to lose weight and make lifestyle modifications to help you keep off the weight for the long term.
Inserting the balloon
Step 1: A thin camera is inserted through the mouth through Endoscopy, with no cuts on the skin. The health of your stomach is then checked using the endoscope prior to insertion of the balloon. Procedure time: 20 mins
Step 2: The deflated Orbera balloon is inserted through your mouth and into your stomach. You will be sedated during the procedure for your comfort.
Step 3: The balloon is then inflated with a 50cc syringe of sterile saline solution to fill the balloon to the size of a grapefruit.
In place: The balloon takes up enough space in your stomach to help you adapt to healthier portion sizes.
Removing the Balloon
Removal: The balloon is removed up to 12 months later with a non surgical procedure (Endoscopy) also under sedation.
You will be sent home on the same day within 3-4 hours. You will need someone to drive you home and to be with you for 24 hours following sedation.
To achieve good outcomes with the Orbera 365 balloon, you require good preparation before the procedure and a full commitment to making changes to your diet and lifestyle while the balloon is inside your stomach. Maintaining weight loss after the removal of the balloon is dependent on maintaining the changes to the diet and lifestyle that were made while the balloon was inside the stomach. You will require daily vitamins and antacid medications in addition to regular follow up.