Orbera Weight Loss Balloon Surgery Sydney
ORBERA® is a clinically proven, non-surgical approach to weight loss and is used at our practice as part of a comprehensive weight loss program involving regular, ongoing reviews with our specialist doctors, dietitians and psychologists to deliver maximum weight loss.
The Orbera® balloon was first approved for use and introduced into Australia in 2004 and was originally known as the “BIB”. It was the first effective gastric balloon and has the longest track record of any available gastric balloon. This balloon has been in use by this clinic since it was established, and more Orbera® balloons have been inserted by our doctors than any other clinic in Australia.
The soft, inflatable silicone balloon is placed in your stomach, without surgery, for the first six months of your weight loss program. The Orbera® helps to encourage good eating behaviours and portion control which are important skills you will use well after the balloon has been removed. Our team of weight loss specialists will work with you to guide and support you in learning to make these healthy lifestyle choices.
The balloon is placed in a 20 minute procedure during which you will be sedated. The procedure is completed in a day hospital facility and you will generally be discharged within a few hours of the procedure.
The deflated balloon is inserted into your stomach through your mouth using a gastroscope (a long flexible camera used to inspect the inside of the digestive system). The balloon is then filled with saline to a volume determined by your doctor. The Orbera® is not adjustable so once inserted it remains at the same volume until it is removed after six months (through the mouth in the same way it was placed).
You will remain in the hospital under observation for a few hours after the procedure, after which you will be discharged home.
What is the weight loss with ORBERA®
The average* weight loss with the Orbera® gastric balloon depends on a number of factors; the most important being your commitment to seeing our dietitians regularly and instituting the changes they suggest into your lifestyle. Studies have demonstrated the average weight loss over 6 months is 12 – 20 kg.
Is ORBERA® proven?
More than 220,000 Orbera® procedures have been performed worldwide over the last 20 years, with Gastric Balloon Australia team having performed more than 1000 Orbera® procedures over the last 10 years. Orbera® has also been evaluated in over 230 global clinical studies.
Is Orbera® right for me?
ORBERA® is indicated for a BMI of 27 and above. We generally recommend the Orbera® Gastric Balloon for patients that need to lose up to 15-20kg.
How much does Orbera intragastric balloon cost?
Interested in gastric balloon surgery in Sydney, NSW, that won’t break the bank? The Orbera program may be an appropriate solution. Typically, an Orbera gastric balloon costs upwards of $150 per month.
For a personalised, accurate quote, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team to organise a consultation.
How does a gastric balloon work?
A gastric balloon – also known as a weight loss balloon or intragastric balloon – is a short-term weight loss solution that doesn’t require surgery. The procedure involves a soft, flexible silicone balloon being inserted into the stomach to partially fill it. With the stomach balloon in place, you will feel full and satiated after smaller amounts of food.
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Do I qualify for a gastric balloon?
You may qualify for a gastric balloon procedure if you meet the following criteria:
- Your body mass index (BMI) is between 30 and 40.
- You are ready and willing to commit to healthy lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and regular physical activity.
- You haven’t had any previous stomach or oesophageal surgery.
How long should the gastric balloon stay inside the stomach?
Generally, balloon weight loss surgery takes between six and 12 months. As a guideline, the Orbera gastric balloon remains in the stomach for six months.
Chat with a trusted team of weight-loss experts to determine the precise duration of your gastric balloon solution.
Do I need a special diet following the procedure?
Following the procedure, our practice recommends you follow a strict post-op diet. This will give your body time to adjust to the gastric balloon.
For the first three days or so, it’s best to consume fluids only – solid foods may lead to nausea or vomiting. After this time, you can begin introducing things like milk, yoghurt, and liquid soups.
After your body has adjusted, you will be able to eat solid foods. To ensure you achieve the gastric balloon results you desire, you must follow a nutritious, healthy diet.
How is the gastric balloon removed?
The gastric balloon is removed from the stomach in the same way it was inserted: through the mouth and oesophagus using an endoscopic camera. Before removal, the balloon will be deflated.
How is the recovery after the procedure?
After gastric balloon surgery in Sydney, you will enjoy a relatively short, painless recovery. Usually, we recommend scheduling at least three days of inactivity to recover. Then, you will be able to resume normal activity.
If you have any other questions about the procedure and recovery, check out our FAQs page.
Are there any side effects or complications associated with the gastric balloon?
Pain and nausea are fairly common side effects experienced by those that opt for a gastric balloon procedure – about one-third of all patients notice some level of discomfort. Serious side effects following placement and removal are rare. The balloon can deflate prematurely. If this happens, it could move through your digestive system.
To learn more about the possible side effects and complications associated with gastric balloon surgery, ask your healthcare provider.
Remember, although gastric balloon procedures are relatively non-invasive, it does carry risks. It’s vital to do your research, learn as much as you can about your surgeon, and ask questions. That way, you can undergo any necessary preparations and make the lifestyle changes you need to reach your goals safely.