If you are overweight with a BMI of 30 – 40, you have tried dieting and exercises but you haven’t lost any weight, this procedure is an option for you.
People that are overweight have a high risk of developing various health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, stroke, etc.
Orbera gastric balloon procedure entails inserting a balloon in the stomach so as to fill up part of the stomach, thereby reducing the amount of food the stomach can take.
The aim of this procedure is to reduce the amount of food in the stomach, leading to a reduction in the amount of calories and nutrients absorbed by the body. This lead to weight loss.
Before undergoing this procedure, you first need to consult with your doctor. Your doctor will take you through a series of medical screening and tests to know if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure.
Before undergoing this procedure, you will need to follow a set of medical instructions that will be given to you by your doctor and dietician.
You may be given a special diet that you need to follow for some days before the procedure. You may as well be asked to start a physical therapy program.
You may be asked not to eat or drink anything the night before the procedure.
Before the commencement of the procedure, the doctor will first sedate you with an anesthetic. This is to make you sleep all through the procedure so that you don’t feel pain or discomfort.
The doctor will then insert a thin tube known as catheter that contains a deflated orbera gastric balloon through your throat into your stomach. The doctor will then insert an endoscope attached with a tiny camera through your throat into your stomach. The camera is connected to a monitor with which the doctor sees the inside of the stomach.
When the balloon is in place, the doctor will then fill up the balloon with saline fluid or gas. The balloon can either be filled up with fluid known as saline or gas.
When the balloon is filled, it is about the size of a grapefruit. The balloon occupies a significant part of the stomach, thereby reducing the amount of food the stomach can take.
You will then fill full when you eat a little amount of food and also not fill hungry frequently. This reduces the amount of calories and nutrients that are being absorbed in the body, hence leading to weight loss.
The procedure takes about 30 minutes to complete.
After the procedure, you will be taken to a recovery room where you will be monitored for some time. You may be allowed to go back home the same day after some hours.
During the first few days, you may experience stomach discomfort, nausea and vomiting. All these are due to the presence of the balloon in the stomach. All these will stop after a few days as the digestive system adjusts to the presence of the balloon.
You will be allowed to take only clear liquids for the first three days. You are not allowed to take any food or drinks that contain fat.
After a week, you can then take semi-liquid foods. After two or three weeks, you can then be eating solid foods.
The balloon will be left in your stomach for six weeks before it is removed. On the day of removal, your doctor will also need to sedate you. Your doctor will then drain the saline or remove the gas and pull out the deflated balloon through your mouth using an endoscope.
To achieve good results and lose excess weight, you need to be committed to a healthy lifestyle. You need to make permanent changes to your diet and engage in regular exercise.
You need to go for regular medical check-ups with your doctor and medical team. You need to follow their instructions so that you can achieve long-term results.
Generally, the amount of weight you are able to lose depends on how well you are committed to a healthy lifestyle habits. It also depends on your diet, exercises and how well you follow instructions given to you by your medical team.
Typically, patients that undergo this procedure lose about 10 to 15 percent of their excess body weight within six months.
Losing excess weight reduces the risk of developing health conditions such as heart diseases, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.
It is possible not to lose weight or you may regain weight if you are not committed to a healthy lifestyle habits and follow instructions of your medical team.
As with any medical procedure, there are some risk or complications that may occur.
Risks or severe complications are, however very rare with this procedure. The risks or complications that may occur are:
The cost of undergoing Orbera gastric balloon surgery in Dallas is between $3000 to $9000. It varies depending on different factors such as location, surgeon experience, medical facilities, and other related expenses.
The average cost is between $3,000 to $9,000.