The Orbera balloon is a soft silicone device used in Orbera weight loss programs to aid in portion control and facilitate weight loss. It is a temporary placement in the stomach for approximately six months, helping individuals adjust to healthier portion sizes and promoting weight loss.
The placement of the Orbera balloon is a straightforward outpatient procedure that does not involve surgery. Before the procedure, a diagnostic endoscopy is conducted to ensure its safety and suitability. Once the patient is comfortably sedated, the deflated balloon is inserted through the oesophagus into the stomach. It is then filled with a sterile saline solution using a syringe. Once filled, the balloon expands to about the size of a grapefruit. The entire procedure typically takes around 20-30 minutes. After a short recovery period of approximately two hours, patients are able to go home and begin their new lifestyle.
By occupying space in the stomach, the Orbera balloon helps create feelings of fullness and supports individuals in adapting to healthier portion sizes. When combined with a comprehensive weight loss program, the balloon contributes to achieving significant weight loss results, often surpassing what can be accomplished through diet and exercise alone.