Frequently Asked Questions
How is Orbera different from other gastric balloons?
Over the past 20 years, ORBERA® has become the #1 weight loss balloon in the world and is the only one recognized by the ASGE for its safety and effectiveness. No other FDA-approved gastric balloon has shown more weight loss during their US clinical studies.
How much weight can I lose with the Orbera balloon?
It is important for you to understand that the balloon is a tool to aid weight loss and must be used in conjunction with diet, exercise, and a behavior modification program. The amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how closely you follow your diet and adopt long-term lifestyle changes. The ORBERA® clinical study has shown that weight loss varies from person to person. On average, patients lost 3.1x the weight of those that were on a diet and exercise program alone. In the US clinical study patients lost an average of 21.8 lbs.*
What side effects can occur?
In the first few days after placement, you may experience nausea or vomiting. In some patients it may last up to one to two weeks. Your Specialist will work with you to prescribe medication that will proactively manage these symptoms and help you adjust to the balloon.
What happens if the Orbera balloon leaks or deflates?
A balloon deflation or leak is a very rare event. However, if the balloon should spontaneously deflate, you may no longer feel full after eating. If you suspect this may be the case, notify your Specialist immediately. A simple abdominal x-ray can determine whether either has occurred. If it has, your Specialist will arrange to remove the deflated balloon.
Will I gain the weight back after the balloon is removed?
Published clinical studies of ORBERA® have shown that, provided you keep to the prescribed diet and exercise regime, you will maintain weight loss through dieting post-removal. So, if you stick to your new, healthy lifestyle you will be well on the way to maintaining your weight loss.