Intra-gastric Balloon (Orbera)
The Intra-gastric balloon, is a non-surgical weight-loss procedure which involves the insertion of a specialised balloon inside the stomach to occupy space and limit the food carrying capacity of the stomach.
It is designed to assist patients with a BMI over 30 who want to lose 10-15kg. It may also be suitable for patients in the super obese category (BMI>50) who would benefit from non-surgical weight loss before being admitted for a necessary surgical procedure.
How does it work: The procedure itself lasts 20-30 minutes and is performed under light sedation. The gastric balloon is introduced into the stomach via the mouth and food pipe (oesophagus) in a deflated state. Once in position, sterile water is used to inflate the balloon. The balloon remains in the stomach for 6 months and will then need to be removed.
The system works by reducing feelings of hunger by giving you a sense of fullness more quickly when eating. The balloon helps control portion size as it takes up space in the stomach. With the support from the dietician, the intra-gastric balloon can help you change poor eating habits and behaviours to achieve your weight loss goals long term.
Expected Weight Loss: Weight loss average is 10-15kg in 6 months. Studies have shown that patients with the balloon lose 3.1 times more weight compared to patients who undergo diet and exercise programs alone.
What are the side effects: The intra-gastric balloon may cause some nausea and abdominal discomfort during the first few days, for which you will receive medication.
What else is involved?
Consultation and preparation with Dr Puhalla and the dietitian
Day procedure for insertion of the balloon
Gradual dietary transition after placement of the Intra-gastric balloon with the guidance of the dietitian
Regular follow up consultations with your team while the balloon is in place
Removal of the balloon after 6 months as a day procedure