Gastric Balloon


Experts agree that successful weight-loss programs should not only help you lose weight, but they should help keep it off over time.

The Orbera™ System is a simple yet innovative approach to help you lose excess weight. It combines a clinically tested and proven medical device, with your very own personal weight loss plan and support team to reduce hunger and manage weight loss effectively. In consultation with the clinic you choose for your procedure, you will access a plan customised to your needs, which can include expert guidance on:

  • Nutrition, with an Accredited Practising Dietician (APD)
  • Fitness, with a qualified personal trainer or exercise physiologist
  • Behaviour and habit changes with a registered psychologist

You will also have access to patient support groups and extra counselling sessions (if you wish). With the guidance of our medical team, you will have the education, support, and motivation needed to make real lifestyle changes.

This is the first step to a proven way to lose the weight you’ve always struggled to shed off. It can start now. But it starts with you.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

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How does the OrberaTM System work?

The OrberaTM System consists of a soft, expandable intra-gastric (inside the stomach) balloon. It is temporarily inserted into the stomach in a deflated state and then inflated with sterile water through a self-sealing valve. This helps to create a feeling of early and prolonged fullness after meals – a foundation for weight loss.

The intra-gastric balloon will remain in place for a maximum of 6-months. It provides a kick-start to healthy weight loss and is an ideal solution if you are looking to lose 20-40lbs (up to 17kg) but are fearful of surgery, fed up with diets, pills and other weight loss programs that didn’t work (1-3).

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

During those 6 months (and beyond) you will work together on a customized plan with a multi-disciplinary team of weight loss experts, to overcome the challenges of retraining your appetite, adopting new nutritional habits, and establishing a reasonable exercise routine to help you succeed and stay motivated. Individuals participating in the OrberaTMSystem can expect significant weight loss in the first six months. The amount of weight you lose and how you maintain that weight loss will depend on how well you adopt long-term lifestyle changes related to eating and exercise.

The OrberaTM System is a life changing, three pillared approach to achieving – and sustaining – your weight loss goals, once and for all. The OrberaTM System has already become a clinically-accepted treatment for weight loss in Europe and South America and is being introduced to Canada and Australia.

  1. Hodson R.M., et al., Management of Obesity with the New Intragastric Balloon, Obesity Surgery 2001;11:327-329
  2. Herve J., What Becomes of Patients One Year after the Intragastric Balloon has been Removed?, Obesity Surgery 2005;15:864-870
  3. Sallet JA., Brazilian Multicenter Study of the Intragastric Balloon, Obesity Surgery 2004;14:991-998

How is OrberaTM different?

The OrberaTM Managed Weight Loss System is unlike anything you have ever experienced.

It’s not a diet. It’s not surgery. It’s not a pill.

It’s a novel and proven system of weight loss, already popular in Europe and South America and being introduced to Canada and Australia.

The OrberaTM System has several advantages over other weight- loss plans. With the OrberaTM System you can:

  • Have a feeling of fullness sooner and longer after meals to encourage portion control – no more hunger!
  • Lose more weight than with other diet programs – achieve success!
  • Be supported by a team of medical and allied health experts – we’re in this together!
  • Learn principles for long-term success – so you can keep the weight you’ve lost!
  • Have the benefits of a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical approach – easy as not eating pie!

Is the OrberaTM System Right For Me?

While the OrberaTM System does not require surgery, any medical procedure requires careful thought and consideration. Moreover, the OrberaTM System is not going to be for everyone.

To qualify for the OrberaTM System you must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Overweight with a BMI of between 25 and 35
  • Motivated and ready to comply with a serious, medically-supervised health program tailored to your needs (this program entails long-term changes to eating and exercise habits)
  • In addition, there are certain medical reasons why you may not be eligible for the OrberaTM System.

You may not be a candidate for the procedure if any of the following conditions are present (these should be discussed with your physician during your initial consultation):

  • Previous history of GI surgery, obstruction, adhesive peritonitis or large hiatal hernia
  • Severe renal, hepatic or pulmonary disease diagnosis
  • Chronic, long-term NSAID (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs) treatment
  • Unwillingness to adopt the dietary habits critical to the success of the therapy
  • Drug or alcohol addiction in the last 12 months
  • Pregnancy

As with all medical procedures, there are potential risks of unforeseen, unknown or adverse reactions to medications and the procedure itself. Please discuss your questions, concerns and expectations about the OrberaTM System with the physician and carefully evaluate the potential benefits and risks.

After your evaluation as an eligible candidate for the OrberaTM System, you will begin your program by meeting with a physician to discuss the 6-month program during which the OrberaTM System intra-gastric balloon device will remain in your stomach in order to help you re-boot your eating habits.

Preparation, placement of the device in your stomach, recovery and then the ongoing journey of weight loss will be discussed thoroughly by the attending physician and nutritionist prior to the procedure. Your comfort level in advance will be crucial to your success.

Once you have scheduled a date for your procedure, you will begin meeting with your support team and learning the principles which will become the basis for your long-term success.

Insertion of the Intra-gastric balloon

On the day of the procedure, your team will prepare you for the endoscopic placement of the balloon. You will be lightly sedated while the deflated balloon is inserted into your stomach through your mouth.

Insertion of the Intra-gastric balloon

Immediately after the balloon is placed and filled with sterile aline(mixed with mythelene blue), you will regain complete awareness and remain in the clinic for observation until the doctor discharges you into the custody of the person who will take you home, which is generally 1 to 2 hours.

Now, to be fair, this is not going to happen without some discomfort. No pain, no gain right?
Other than some discomfort and predictable side effects such as nausea and vomiting which you may encounter during the first few days, this is a safe* and relatively simple procedure. Performed under a mild local anesthesia and sedation (think ‘day-surgery’) the whole event generally takes 20-30 minutes. After the intra-gastric balloon has been placed, you will be monitored by a physician before returning home.

Important Reminders

  • Arrange to have assistance when you return home from the procedure.
  • Fasting is required (no solid food or liquids) for 12 hours prior to the procedure(we will provide you with a written protocol which gives youa detailed account of fasting rules prior to the intragastric balloon placement).
  • Stock your kitchen with the necessary post-procedure food and liquids as instructed by your dietician (see the protocol).
  • Plan for at least 48 to 72 hours of inactivity after the procedure.

*As with all medical procedures, there are potential risks of unforeseen, unknown or adverse reactions to medications and the procedure itself.

What happens after the balloon is in?

For the first week you will be on a liquid diet with instructions to drink plenty of fluids. After the first week, you can begin the transition to a solid diet with recommendations from your dietician (see balloon protocol).

The first few days will be uncomfortable as the stomach gets used to the presence of the balloon.

Predictable side effects most patients experience include nausea, vomiting and cramping over the first week. Your physician can prescribe medications to assist you until your body adjusts. These conditions are normal and should be expected. Your physician will provide strict instructions for your hydration regimen during this period.

It is critical that you drink plenty of water during the first few days and avoid eating any solid foods.

Important Reminders

  • Do not engage in any physical activity for the first 24 to 48 hours.
  • Drink cold liquids in small amounts, beginning with a teaspoon, and slowly increasing the amount of the liquid as you are able. If liquid is taken in large amounts there is a higher risk of nausea and vomiting.
  • Your clinic will be on call the first 24 hours or provide you with an emergency contact to handle any reactions or distress you may encounter.
  • During the six months period that the OrberaTM System intra-gastric balloon is in place, you should meet with your team regularly to monitor your progress. In addition, you will receive education and training on the nutrition and the lifestyle changes you must make to have long-term success. After the intra-gastric balloon is removed, you will continue to meet with your team for additional support and guidance as needed.

It is critical that you attend all the meetings with your team to ensure the success of the procedure and monitor your progress.

Your success with the OrberaTM System will depend on how committed you are to learning from your support team and adopting the principles of good health into your daily life.

Removal of the balloon and into the future

You’re probably feeling pretty good at this stage of the game. You’ve been following your plan for nutrition and exercise. It’s likely that you’ve shed most or all of the weight you had targetted at this point of your journey. It’s time to lose those training wheels!

After six months, the intra-gastric balloon will be removed in a 20-minute procedure similar to that of the placement. During the removal procedure, you will be sedated and your doctor will remove the sterile saline from the balloon before removing the deflated balloon from your stomach. It is important to read the “removal of balloon instructions” and adhere to them otherwise the doctor may have to delay the removal procedure.

Removal of the balloon and into the future

Important reminders to prepare for removal day:

  • Fasting is required per mouth (no liquids) 12 hours prior to the procedure There are a number of instructions which you will need to follow prior to ballon removal (see balloon removal protocol).
  • Arrange to have assistance when you return home from the treatment centre

Intra-Gastric Balloon (The Orbera™ System)

  • Food still travels down the normal anatomical pathway
  • Non-surgical approach to weight loss
  • Completely reversible (the balloon is only in place for 6 months)
  • Some adverse effects are expected in the first few days after insertion
  • Feeling of fullness much sooner and for longer after meals to encourage portion control
  • Patients can usually eat all types of food
  • The success of this procedure is strongly dependent on the patient’s commitment to long-term dietary and lifestyle changes. It is crucial that patients attend scheduled appointments to receive advice and support from their health team.

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