Orbera’s intragastric balloon is a weight loss system, where a gastric balloon is used that takes up space in the stomach. The balloon is placed in the stomach through the mouth using a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure, while the patient is under a mild anaesthetic. When the balloon is in place, it is filled with saline solution, so it expands to a spherical shape. The balloon can be filled with different quantities of saline solution (from 400 to 700 cc) depending on what quantity best suits the patient’s body structure.
What does this method do?
A clinical study of a group of people showed that persons who used Orbera’s intragastric balloon lost more weight than those who did not. The study included a total of 255 patients, who were followed for a year. During this period, 125 patient had the balloon implanted for six months. After the balloon was removed, they were followed for a further six months. 130 patients participated in a 12 month diet programme and did not receive this balloon treatment.
Patients with an Orbera balloon lost an average of 9.8 kg (10.2% of their body weight) after the balloon had been in place for six months. Three months after the balloon was removed (9 months after the balloon’s placement) from those patients who received an intragastric balloon, they maintained an average weight loss of 8.7 kg. The 130 patients who participated in a diet programme, but who did not receive the balloon implanted, lost an average of 3.2 kg (3.3% of their body weight). You can read more about GastriBall’s scientifically documented effects here
How does it work?
Orbera’s intragastric balloon system takes up space in the stomach in order to help patients lose weight. The balloon is temporary and should be removed after 6 months.
When is it used?
The method is used in overweight adult patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30-40 kg/m2 and who have not been in a position to lose weight through diet and exercise. The method is intended for use with a patient participating in a diet and exercise plan monitored by a doctor.