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Orbera Gastric Balloon

Endoscopic Wellness Center of America -  - Medical Wellness

Endoscopic Wellness Center of America

Medical Wellness Facility located in Reston, VA

The groundbreaking Obera® balloon device is a highly beneficial, nonsurgical medical weight loss solution. The Orbera gastric balloon insertion is a very simple, non-invasive 15-minute procedure in which the doctor endoscopically places a saline-filled balloon in the stomach. Balloon placement lasts for a duration of about 6-9 months. Within the first month, it is expected that our patients lose 15-25 lbs, at a rate that is 3 times faster than just diet and exercise alone. In combination with our Wellness Program, our patients are able to learn how to keep this weight off with the assistance of education, motivation, and accountability with the help of a nutritionist. The most common side effects, which are expected to last 24-48 hours post-procedure, include nausea, vomiting, and cramping, due to not following our hydration and wellness protocol.  The balloon is then removed after 6-9 months post-insertion. Like the gastric balloon insertion, the patient will be given general anesthesia prior to removing the gastric balloon. Using endoscopic equipment, Dr. Blosser, the gastroenterologist, will extract the saline solution from the gastric balloon and then remove the deflated gastric balloon through the patient’s mouth. The most common side effect is dehydration, which may be avoided by adhering to hydration and dietary protocol. Individual results may vary. 

Obera Gastric Balloon Q & A

How does the gastric balloon work?

As an FDA-approved gastric balloon, the Orbera balloon device is known for being entirely safe and effective. Over 275,000 gastric balloons have been placed worldwide. This in-demand weight loss treatment involves placing the Orbera balloon in your stomach. After your balloon is filled with a saline solution — it’s about the size of a grapefruit, depending on the height of the patient — the gastric balloon stays in place for a set period of time (around 6 months).

Because the Orbera gastric balloon fills up your stomach and keeps it full, you’re going to have to consume smaller portions. You should also notice that your appetite decreases. Over time, you lose roughly three times more weight than you would with diet and exercise alone. 

What happens during a gastric balloon procedure?

Endoscopic Weight Loss Center of America proudly offers on-site Obera gastric balloon procedures. The team at Endoscopic Weight Loss Center of America counsels you ahead of time to let you know what to expect from your weight loss procedure.

A routine upper endoscopy is typically performed with the assistance of an anesthesiologist. The balloon is placed into your stomach through your esophagus under direct visualization. 

Once the balloon reaches your stomach, it is filled with saline and removes the endoscope. The entire Orbera procedure takes about 10-15 minutes. 

You can go home and return to your normal activities. Because of the sedation, you’re going to need someone to drive you home (this does not include Ubers, taxis, or busses), but you won’t have any downtime afterward. 

The Orbera gastric balloon stays in place for 6-months. Once your Wellness plan is complete, the team at Endoscopic Wellness Center of America schedules you for another appointment to remove the balloon through an in-office procedure similar to the balloon placement that takes about 10-15 minutes. 

How much weight can I lose with the gastric balloon?

The Obera gastric balloon is one of the most effective nonsurgical weight loss solutions on the market. On average, most patients lose about 40-100 pounds. However, results depend on the patient’s level of commitment to the program. 

After your gastric balloon procedure from Endoscopic Wellness Center of America, you will learn lifestyle changes and healthy eating habits. This along with motivation and accountability will allow you to keep the weight off long after your treatment is complete.

Schedule your gastric balloon consultation at Endoscopic Wellness Center of America today. You can conveniently request an appointment either online or over the phone. 

Individual results may vary.