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Gastric Balloon Weight Loss System

The Gastric Balloon — 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 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 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 achieving their weight loss goals.

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.

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 Plastic Surgery.

Managing Your Orbera Transformation

Diagram of gastric balloon in stomach

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.

Diagram of scale and three times the weight loss

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 Important Safety Information

Use of the Orbera Gastric Balloon System may result in complications that include the risks associated with any endoscopic procedure in addition to the risks associated with the medications and methods used in the gastric balloon procedure, as well as your ability to tolerate a foreign object that is placed in your stomach.

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.