Orbera® Intragastric Balloon
What does the procedure involve?
The balloon insertion is a 20-minute procedure done in a day hospital. You will be sedated (put to sleep) and the deflated balloon will be placed into your stomach via an endoscope (camera on a thin tube) through your mouth. It will then be inflated through a port on the balloon. You can expect to be at the hospital for 4-5 hours including paperwork, procedure and recovery.
After 6 months, the Orbera® balloon is removed through the mouth in a similar way as it was placed.
How can I enhance my weight loss?
The Orbera® balloon is a tool to aid weight loss, giving you a kick-start by allowing you to control portions as you develop healthy and sustainable habits – habits that will last well beyond the 12-month balloon placement. We know the balloon is most effective when accompanied by a lifestyle program, which is why at The BMI Clinic, the Orbera® balloon is paired with either our Silver, Gold or Platinum lifestyle program, delivered by a team of weight loss specialists, including Bariatric Physicians, Nurses, Dietitians, Exercise Physiologists and Behavioural Coaches. Data from our own clinic demonstrates the more a patient engages with the team, the greater their weight loss.
How much weight can I expect to lose with the Orbera® balloon?
The more you engage with your team, the more successful your weight loss journey will be. You can expect to achieve 11-13% TBWL (Total Body Weight Loss; ie. a 100kg person could expect to lose 11-13kg on average), however ultimately, the amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how closely you follow the advice of your medical and allied health care team.