any adults who suffer from being extremely overweight struggle to shed pounds through diet and exercise alone. A restricted diet can leave you feeling famished and sapped of energy, which can make even the most low-impact workouts difficult for someone struggling with obesity.
Unsightly excess fat negatively affects your self-image, and obesity may cause significant health problems if left untreated. The need to lose weight can lead to patients trying ineffective fad diets or opting to undergo painful surgeries. Patients often find that the weight they lost returns because they lack the necessary support to help them keep off the pounds.
For these patients, the answer may be insertion of a non-surgical weight-loss aid known as a gastric balloon. One type of gastric balloon that we offer is ORBERA®.
The ORBERA Intragastric Balloon System is an FDA-approved non-surgical treatment for people who have a high body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40. A balloon is placed in your stomach to take up space and assist in healthy weight loss. If you have been unable to lose weight with diet and exercise, then this procedure may be an appealing option for you.
Once you have decided to have the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon System placed in your stomach, you will receive a mild sedative, and a diagnostic endoscopy will be performed to help ensure there will be no complications. Then the deflated balloon will be inserted into the stomach through the mouth, where it will be filled with between 400 and 700 cubic centimeters (cc) of saline solution. The exact amount chosen will be the one best suited for your specific body type.
The entire procedure takes only 20 to 30 minutes, and recovery after the balloon is inserted usually only takes about two hours. Patients normally return home the very same day to begin their new path towards a slimmer, healthier body. For a few days after the procedure, you may experience some discomfort that can be alleviated with medicine that will treat the symptoms and help you grow accustomed to the balloon.
After insertion, the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon System will remain in the stomach for six months. In conjunction with the procedure, your practitioner will supervise your diet and exercise as the inflated balloon reduces your stomach capacity and assists you in losing excess weight.
You will see the most dramatic weight loss during the time the inflated balloon occupies space inside your stomach. Six months after the procedure, the balloon is removed in a method that is similar to the insertion.
Once the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon System has been taken out of your stomach, you will continue the diet and exercise regimen under supervision of the staff at Möein Surgical Arts for another six months. After the completion of the program, you will have the tools needed to continue your healthy lifestyle and enjoy your newfound weight loss for a lifetime to come.
Contact our office today and schedule an informative consultation to discuss whether or not the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon System is the right choice for you. Dr. Moeinolmolki and the staff at Möein Surgical Arts are available to answer any questions you have to help you make the best decision to achieve your weight-loss goals.