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Lose Weight Without Surgery with the Orbera® Balloon System

Mar 09, 2023
Lose Weight Without Surgery with the Orbera® Balloon System
You’re tired of the dieting merry-go-round and you want to take charge of your weight, once and for all. That said, you’re not keen on the idea of surgery as a means for weight loss. Let us introduce you to the Orbera® balloon.

You diet and exercise, you lose weight, you put the weight back on again. And around and around it goes, leaving you exhausted, frustrated, and deflated. You want to take a more aggressive step toward shedding those unhealthy pounds, but the idea of surgery leaves you cold.

The experienced team of weight loss experts here at Slim Vegas Bariatric and General Surgery in Las Vegas, Nevada, wants you to know that there is a solution — the Orbera® gastric balloon. This innovative system leads to meaningful weight-loss results, with no knives in sight.

Here’s a look at how the Orbera balloon can help you declare victory in your battle to lose weight.

A path of less resistance

The prevalence of adult obesity in the United States is about 42%, which explains why bariatric procedures are on the rise. Before the COVID pandemic, more than a quarter million people were turning to bariatric surgery each year, which is a big jump from slightly less than 160,000 in 2004.

Procedures like the gastric sleeve saw the biggest increases thanks to their ability to help people lose weight quickly and keep it off. While effective, these types of weight loss surgery require us to surgically alter parts of your digestive system, whether it’s shrinking the size of your stomach or bypassing parts of your intestine.

If you’re not keen on the idea of permanently altering your body, or the idea of surgery, there’s good news in the form of the Orbera balloon system.

Taking up space

The concept behind the Orbera balloon system is very simple — we place a silicone balloon in your stomach that takes up space. The presence of this balloon prompts you to eat less and practice excellent portion control because you feel fuller faster.

A nonsurgical solution

As promised, we don’t need to make any incisions to insert the Orbera balloon into your stomach. Instead, we insert the balloon through your mouth, down your esophagus, and into your stomach. Once the balloon is in place, we use a needle to fill the balloon with saline water.

Rest assured, we use a mild sedative to keep you comfortable as we insert and fill the balloon — a procedure that takes us only about 20 minutes to complete. Better still, once we check that everything went smoothly, you’re free to return home.

Once home, you’ll be on a liquid diet for a couple of weeks before you transition to soft foods and then to normal foods by week three. Don’t worry, we provide you with complete eating instructions before you leave.

A temporary solution that delivers long-lasting results

The Orbera balloon system is an incredibly effective way to jumpstart a new way of eating that will help you maintain a healthy weight into the future. The balloon is designed to stay in your stomach for six months. During this time, you’ll be able to practice new eating habits, such as portion control, that will last you a lifetime.

After your six months with Orbera, we remove the balloon much in the same way we inserted it — endoscopically through your mouth and esophagus.

Orbera works

Now let’s get to what really counts — does Orbera work? In a word, yes. Studies show that gastric balloons help people lose up to 15% of their total body weight, compared to only 1-5% with lifestyle modifications alone.

Of course, you need to do your part to get the most of the Orbera balloon, which not only means reducing the amount you eat, but improving your nutrition and adding exercise to your weight loss efforts. Rest assured, we’re with you every step of the way and we offer ongoing support services.

If you’d like to explore whether the nonsurgical Orbera balloon system is right for you, please contact our office in Las Vegas, Nevada, or schedule a consultation online.