The Orbera weight loss balloon, or gastric balloon, is an FDA approved device that allows for safe and effective weight loss without surgery. Dr. Misra is pleased to be one of the first in the area to offer this device. The balloon allows for a much greater chance of success compared to dieting alone, because it was developed by weight loss experts to work with your body and significantly reduce the feeling of hunger.
How the Orbera balloon works
The Orbera balloon is placed in your stomach while you are sedated, and then filled with saline solution. This takes up room, and allows you to feel full with smaller servings of food. You’ll keep the balloon in your stomach for 6 months, and during this time we’ll work with you on making food and lifestyle choices that will give you the best chance of weight loss.
After 6 months Dr. Misra will remove the balloon the same way it was placed – in a quick procedure with sedation – and you can go home right after. Continuing the lifestyle changes you’ve learned about during the weight loss balloon program will allow you to maintain your weight loss, or lose additional weight, after the first 6 months with the balloon has ended.
Who qualifies for the Orbera balloon?
Generally the balloon is offered to adults with a BMI between 30 – 40 who have not had the success they’d like with traditional diets. Many of our patients are happy to find they lose the weight and gain energy and confidence, with the weight loss balloon.
Dr. Misra offers the Orbera weight loss balloon and can help you decide if it is a good option for you. Contact her here for more information or to set up a time to learn more about the weight loss balloon, or weight loss surgery options.