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Can I consume alcohol with the Orbera balloon?

Alcoholic beverages can be high in calories and, in large quantities, undermine weight loss efforts. Alcohol does not provide major nutrients to the body and in some cases, alcohol can cause harm by triggering the development of ulcers.

In addition, Orbera takes up volume in the stomach and will give a feeling of satiety so you will not feel like consuming as much food as you used to. With less food in your stomach, alcohol will have a quicker and greater effect on the body. With an empty stomach the alcohol passes more quickly into the small intestines and as a result, you'll get intoxicated faster.

The effects of alcohol consumption with Orbera can be the following:

  • abdominal discomfort
  • heartburn,
  • increased gastric acid production,
  • harm by triggering the development of gastric ulcer.

Alcohol is not prohibited with Orbera, but patients are advised to significantly limit the alcohol consumption.

When can I consume solid foods again?

With our wellness program, we recommend staying on a liquid diet for a full two weeks after insertion and removal. We allow for semi-solid foods by week 3 and you can return to a normal solid diet at week 5.


What are the common health concerns with sugar intake?

Mood - Sugar can give you a quick burst of energy by raising your blood sugar levels, but can also lead to a sugar crash leaving you feeling tired and sluggish.

Joints - Eating lots of sweets has been shown to worsen joint pain because of the inflammation it causes in the body

Skin - Another side effect of inflammation is damage to the collagen and elastin in your skin. The result? Wrinkles and saggy skin.

Liver - An abundance of added sugar may cause your liver to become resistant to insulin. Your body will not be able to control your blood sugar levels, which could lead to type 2 diabetes.

Heart - Excessive sugar can affect your arteries which adds stress to your heart and damages it over time. This can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

We strongly recommend limiting sugar intake. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate. Simple carbohydrates are often referred to as white, empty, or ‘bad’ due to the lack of other nutrients in them. They are broken down very quickly and digested at a fast rate because they typically lack fiber. If the “energy” from sugar is not used immediately it is stored as fat.


Why do I need to weigh my food?

Portion control is a key aspect to your weight loss post insertion. One function of the Orbera balloon is simply to occupy space. If you over-eat afterwards, you will once again be expanding your stomach and compromising your weight loss. Smaller portions after the balloon is inserted allow your stomach to shrink thus allowing your weight loss to be permanent.


What is the office number?

You may call one of our administrative assistants at 703-268-5240 between 7:00am and 3:30pm. After hours you may call 703-281-1023 and the doctor on call will answer your questions.


How do I make my own broth?

  1. Cut food into small pieces about the size of your thumbnail.
  2. Boil them in broth
  3. Place food into the blender.
  4. Add enough liquid (broth) to cover the blades.
    if blending hot foods remove the center of the lid to release the steam
  5. Blend until broth reaches smooth, creamy like texture
  6. Use herbs and spices (avoid spicy ones) to flavor food.
  7. Enjoy!

How can I avoid feeling dehydrated after the Orbera Balloon insertion?

Dehydration is the most common complaint after insertion. This is why we strongly recommend drinking a gallon of water two days before the insertion, then a gallon of water and a bottle of gatorade zero the day before. Being properly hydrated going into the procedure gives you the best chance to come out of it feeling less dehydrated or nauseous. Sipping water and keeping up your fluid intake after will help as well.

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Reston, VA 20191
Phone: 833-453-9522
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