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Gastric Balloon Weight Loss System

A New Option in Minimally-Invasive Bariatrics

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

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

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 offers this nonsurgical solution for men and women who struggle with excess pounds and are committed to seeing their weight loss goals become reality.

The #1 weight loss balloon in the world, Orbera has helped thousands of people 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 FDA-approved gastric balloon in conjunction with a long-term program of supervised diet and support. Patients who used the gastric balloon lost an average of 3.1 more weight than patients who tried dieting and exercise alone.

Diagram of scale and three times the weight loss

Minimally-Invasive Placement/Removal

Your weight loss journey with Orbera begins when the gastric balloon — soft and durable with a silicone shell — is placed in your stomach for 6 months. The minimally-invasive placement and removal procedures are very similar. These endoscopic procedures, which usually take only 20 to 30 minutes, are performed under light sedation.

Diagram of gastric balloon in stomach

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 will work together for 12 months to develop a customized program of diet and exercise that provides you with support in making healthy lifestyle choices.

Is the Gastric Balloon Right for Me?

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:

  • Are adults at least 22 years of age.
  • Have a BMI range of 30 to 40.
  • Are willing to participate in a medically-supervised program.
  • Have attempted more conservative weight reduction alternatives.

Gastric Balloon Safety and Clinical Trial

Orbera Safety Information

Common side effects include nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Speak to your physician about these and other more serious side effects that may occur. Call your doctor if you have any concerns about your health or well-being at any time during the 6 month placement of the balloon. Please see the Important Orbera Intragastric Balloon System Safety Information.

Orbera Clinical Trial

The U.S. pivotal 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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Questions About Body Contouring?

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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