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Single Gastric Balloon

The ORBERA® gastric balloon is a single saline-filled silicone balloon that is placed in your stomach for six months. The bulk of the balloon gives a sensation of fullness so you eat less and lose weight.

Once the balloon is in place, we will work with you to create an individually tailored support program to help you reach your goals, then maintain them for life.

Who is it for?

The balloon may be suitable for you if:

  • You are moderately overweight and have been unable to achieve your weight-loss goals through traditional methods, such as diet and exercise
  • You are not eligible for or do not want to have bariatric surgery
  • You have a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or more

The balloon is not suitable for you if you:

  • Have had gastrointestinal surgery, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, large hiatal hernia or any structural abnormality of the esophagus or larynx
  • Have a medical condition that does not permit endoscopy
  • Are not willing to adopt dietary habits and behavioral changes that would make the therapy more successful
  • Are going through drug or alcohol addiction
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding

Insertion and removal


The balloon is inserted in a nonsurgical procedure under mild sedation. Insertion takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

After you are sedated, the deflated gastric balloon is inserted through your mouth and into your stomach with an endoscopic device. Once the balloon is in place, it is filled with sterile saline. When filled, the balloon is about the size of a grapefruit.

During the first few days after insertion, you may experience stomach discomfort, nausea and vomiting. These symptoms will go away as your digestive system adjusts to the presence of the balloon.

For the first three days, you will be restricted to a liquid diet. You will also need to avoid fatty foods, chocolate, ice cream, carbonated drinks and coffee.

After three days, you can transition to semi-solid foods and gradually reintroduce solid foods to your diet. How fast you are able to transition depends on how well your body adjusts.

The balloon is removed after six months. The removal procedure takes about 20-30 minutes, during which you are lightly sedated. After sedation, the physician drains the saline from the balloon before pulling it out of your stomach through your mouth.

Ongoing support

After you have adjusted to the balloon, you will receive ongoing support that is tailored to your weight-loss needs and goals. This support may include a psychologist, dietitian and exercise physiologist.

The support program is designed to keep you motivated and help you work through any weight-loss barriers. You will learn to develop healthy, sustainable eating and exercise habits that will help you lose weight and keep it off for good.

Coaching takes place for a full year, even though the balloon is in place for six months.

To learn more about the ORBERA gastric balloon, call 714-456-8063.

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