Sentara Martha Jefferson now offers ORBERA™
Sentara Martha Jefferson Bariatric Care Center is excited to share that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved ORBERA™ to assist adult patients suffering from obesity in losing and maintaining weight.
ORBERA™ is a safe and effective weight loss solution with 20 years of global experience and real world results.
With more than 220,000 ORBERA™ balloons distributed worldwide in over 80 countries Sentara Martha Jefferson Bariatric Care Center is one of the first in the country to offer this new tool in helping people achieve their weight loss goals.
The first Orbera procedure was performed in June 2016. The Orbera Managed Weight Loss System is a non-surgical comprehensive two-part program for patients with a BMI of 30-40 kg/m2.
It is used in conjunction with a long-term supervised diet and behavior modification program and intended for adults who have attempted more conservative weight reduction alternatives and were unable to lose weight and keep it off.
A soft silicone balloon is placed temporarily in the stomach for six months to encourage portion control.
"Once the balloon is placed, patients receive a customized plan and coaching from a support team of experts," said Gina Mitchell, bafriatric program coordinator. "With Orbera, people lost an average 3.1 times the weight patients lost with diet and exercise alone. The hope is that the program will help patients create healthy lifestyle habits which will help them to maintain their weight loss over time."
Sentara Martha Jefferson Bariatric Care Center recognizes that obesity is a chronic disease and we are pleased to be able to offer new, minimally invasive solutions, like ORBERA™, to help transform the lives of patients before their disease progresses and requires more invasive treatment.
Individuals interested in this weight loss solution can register for a free monthly informational seminars to learn about the treatment options offered at Sentara Martha Jefferson. The seminar covers the surgical treatment options as well as Orbera.