What is the ORBERA® Managed Weight Loss Program?
The ORBERA® Managed Weight Loss Program is a medical procedure for weight loss that focuses on developing long-term, sustainable, healthy habits. The comprehensive, two-part program starts with a soft, intra-gastric balloon placed in your stomach for 6 months to encourage portion control. Our team of experts are here to support & help guide you through the process.
The second part of the program is very important because it helps you maintain the weight loss. We will work with you to guide you through the process of developing a customised diet & exercise program and support you in making healthy lifestyle choices.
ORBERA® is indicated for people with a BMI of 27 and above, between the ages of 18-70 years.
What is a Gastric balloon?
A gastric balloon is a non-surgical, temporary device which is placed in your stomach for 6 months to assist you with your weight loss. The balloon is made of a durable silicone material and is latex free. It works by taking up space in your stomach allowing you to learn portion control and develop healthy changes in your eating habit. The size of the balloon varies by individual needs and requirements.
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure is performed via gastroscopy under light sedation, in which the balloon is inserted into your stomach via your mouth, and usually takes around 20 minutes. Immediately after the balloon is placed and filled with sterile salt water, you will regain complete awareness and remain in the clinic for observation until the doctor discharges you.
After 6 months, the intra-gastric balloon is removed through the mouth in a similar manner, under the same supervised conditions. Your support team will continue to guide you toward making healthy lifestyle choices.
How long does it take to recover after the procedure?
You should plan at least three days of inactivity to recover from the procedure. You will be able to resume normal activity sooner or later depending on how quickly your body adjusts to the balloon.
How much weight do you lose with a Gastric Balloon?
Clinical evidence suggests an average of 10-15kg in 6 months, however this is dependent on the patients starting weight and how well they adapt to the lifestyle changes.
After 12 months with the two-part program, patients lost over 3 times the weight of diet and exercise alone.
Is the ORBERA® Managed Weight Loss Program proven?
It has been evaluated in over 230 global clinical studies with studies showing an average weight loss of 10-15kg in the 6-month time frame. There has been over 220,000 procedures performed worldwide across 20 years, and with ORBERA®, 70 to 80 percent of weight loss typically occurs during the first three months of treatment, so having a team of experts to help you overcome the challenges of retraining your appetite, adopt new nutritional habits, and establishing a reasonable exercise routine will be essential to meet your long-term weight loss goals.
How do Gastric Balloons compare with diet & exercise, or other weight loss programs?
You can expect to lose 3.1x the weight with a gastric balloon than you would with diet and exercise alone. Many diet programs are difficult to maintain and you struggle with feeling hungry. With a gastric balloon you eat smaller meals, because the balloon takes up space in your stomach. You are able to control your eating, learn portion control and make healthy changes in your eating habits.
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