The Orbera balloon has been used safely by a significant number of individuals worldwide, with over 300,000 people having undergone the procedure. The longest-established method of implanting the gastric balloon is through endoscopy, which has been practised for over 20 years. The Orbera balloon comes in both a 6-month version and a longer-term 12-month version known as the Orbera365. While every medical procedure carries inherent risks, the safety track record of the Orbera balloon and the extensive use of this device provide reassurance regarding its safety.
Gastric balloons are generally considered safe; however, like any medical procedure, they carry certain risks. While serious complications are rare, they can include balloon deflation, gastrointestinal obstruction, or infection. It’s important for us to be transparent and ensure that you are well informed about potential side effects. It’s worth noting that the side effects experienced with gastric balloons are a natural response of your body to the presence of a foreign object in your stomach. Most side effects are temporary and typically last for 3-4 days. Patients usually start feeling back to normal soon after.
It is important to consult with a healthcare professional to discuss the potential risks and benefits specific to your individual circumstances.