ORBERA™ Gastric Balloon
The Sentara Martha Jefferson Bariatric Care Center is the first in the region to offer the ORBERA™ Gastric Balloon, a newly FDA-approved weight loss option. The gastric balloon is a non-surgical weight loss procedure. The balloon fills your stomach and reinforces portion control while you work with the team of experts at Sentara Martha Jefferson to help you regain healthy lifestyle habits.
What is the ORBERA™ Gastric Balloon?
The use of a gastric balloon is a two-part program designed to provide effective, motivating results. It begins with a soft balloon placed in the patient’s stomach for six months to reinforce proper portion control. The balloon takes up space in the patient’s stomach, helping the patient to eat smaller meals. The placement is temporary, intended to stay in for only six months. During the six month period, patients will receive healthy lifestyle coaching from the experts at Sentara Martha Jefferson. That coaching continues after balloon is removed at six months, for a total of 12 months.
The Procedure: Placement and Removal
The procedure to place the gastric balloon is non-surgical and done under a mild sedative. The thin, deflated ORBERA™ balloon is placed into the stomach where it is then filled with saline until it’s about the size of a grapefruit. The procedure typically takes about 20-30 minutes, so patients can go home the same day. At six months, the balloon is removed in the same way it was placed—through a non-surgical procedure. The gastric balloon is deflated first then removed.
What to Expect
The weight loss is rapid with the majority of weight loss typically occurring in the first three months of treatment. Studies have shown that on average patients lost 3.1 times the weight loss of diet and exercise alone. While the balloon is in place, patients will work with the team at Sentara Martha Jefferson Bariatric Care center to learn healthy eating habits and how to stay active. Adhering to these lifestyle adjustments will greatly influence each individual patient’s results.
Who is a Candidate?
To qualify for ORBERA™, you should:
- Be an adult
- Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40
- Be willing to participate in a medically supervised program