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Gastric Balloon Weight Loss System

The Gastric Balloon — a New Option in Minimally-Invasive Bariatrics

Orbera Gastric Balloon model

Many people find that their weight loss experience leaves them with few choices in the gap between dieting/exercise and invasive surgery procedures.

Enter the ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon, an exciting development for men and women who desire to reach their long-term weight loss goals with bariatric surgery options that are less-invasive.

The Orbera Managed Weight Loss System is designed to help people lose weight and maintain the weight loss. Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama is one of the first practices in the country to offer this nonsurgical solution for men and women who struggle with excess pounds and are committed to seeing their weight loss goals become reality.

The world's #1 weight loss balloon, Orbera has helped thousands lose millions of pounds and maintain their healthy habits.

Transform Your Body with the Orbera Gastric Balloon

The ORBERA™ Managed Weight Loss System is a comprehensive, two-part program that consists of the gastric balloon in conjunction with a long-term program of supervised diet and support. After 7 months, women and men who used the gastric balloon lost an average of over three times as much weight as was was lost by patients who tried dieting and exercise alone.

  • 3.1 times the weight loss of diet and exercise alone
  • Safe and effective weight loss solution
  • More than 220,000 placements worldwide
  • Now FDA-approved

The Orbera Gastric Balloon

Your weight loss journey with Orbera begins when the gastric balloon — a soft, durable, FDA-approved bariatric device with a silicone shell — is placed in your stomach for 6 months. The gastric balloon is placed and removed with minimally-invasive procedures that are very similar to one another. These endoscopic procedures, which usually take only 20 to 30 minutes, are performed under light sedation at the Birmingham, Alabama offices of Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery.

Managing Your Orbera Transformation

Once the gastric balloon is in place, patients take part in an individualized support program which may include a dietician, a psychologist and an exercise physiologist. You and this team of experts will work together to develop a customized program of diet and exercise that provides you with support in making healthy lifestyle choices. Coaching continues for a duration of 12 months, even though the balloon is removed at 6 months.

Is the Gastric Balloon Right for Me?

Acccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 78% of U.S. adults are obese. This amounts to one-third of the adult population.

Candidates for the gastric balloon system must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40. Men and women with a BMI in this range of obesity face an increased risk for ongoing health problems. In the past, people in this "lower BMI" range have had few weight loss options besides dieting, exercise and more-invasive bariatric surgery, which usually requires a BMI of at least 40.

People may be candidates for the Orbera Gastric Balloon if they:

Gastric Balloon Safety and Clinical Trial

Orbera Safety Information

The Orbera Intragastric Balloon System is a weight loss aid for adults suffering from obesity who have tried other weight loss programs, such as following supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs, but who were unable to lose weight and keep it off. Common side effects of the Orbera Gastric Balloon include nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Speak to your physician about these and other more serious side effects that may occur.

Orbera Clinical Trial

The ORBERA™ clinical trial studied 255 bariatric patients suffering from obesity in the 30 to 40 BMI range. The treatment group underwent gastric balloon placement and removal after 6 months, while at the same time taking part in the 12-month behavior modification program. The control group participated in the behavior modification program only.

At 6 months, the Orbera treatment group lost more than three times as much weight as the control group. The gastric balloon group also lost significantly more weight than the control group over the course of the study and maintained significant weight loss after 12 months.

Orbera Gastric Balloon

The Orbera Gastric Balloon in Birmingham AL is a less-invasive bariatric option for men and women who struggle with extra weight.

Birmingham, AL Office & Surgery Suites

Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery
140 Village Street
Birmingham, AL 35242
205-980-1744 or 800-HeddenMD
American Society of Plastic Surgeons* American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery*
* Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn
Hedden and Gunn Plastic Surgery

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Contact us today to schedule your consultation for weight loss with the Orbera Gastric Balloon in Birmingham, AL at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery.

To schedule your consultation at the earliest possible date, please call 205-980-1744.

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