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Orbera – Gastric Balloon

Soon after ReShape Duo, FDA also approved Orbera making it a second gastric balloon device currently available to patients in the US. Until now, Orbera gastric balloon has been used for weight loss in 80 countries around the world and helped over 220,000 patients in achieving their weight loss goal. Today, DayOne Health has a great pleasure to announce that we will soon be one of the first facilities in Chicago to offer this new weight loss procedure.


Who can get Orbera gastric balloon?


Like ReShape Dual Balloon, Orbera is intended for patients wanting to lose approximately 30lbs. As recommended by the FDA’s, Orbera gastric balloon is best suited for patients with BMIs between 30 and 40. Those deciding to undergo Orbera gastric balloon procedure, need to remember that gastric balloon is a temporary tool intended to help limit portion sizes. Gastric balloon will not affect nutrient absorption or physically alter the digestive tract. Orbera works by occupying space in patient’s stomach and limiting available volume. Patients who decide to undergo Orbera gastric balloon procedure, are recommended to participate in dietary counseling and behavior modification program in order to achieve lasting results. Patients who are not able to follow dietary restrictions or commit to come for follow up appointments would not be good candidates for Orbera gastric balloon device. Patients who already had a bariatric surgery, would not meet the requirements for gastric balloon.

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ReShape Gastric Balloon – New Weight Loss Procedure

Last week, FDA approved gastric balloon to be offered as a new weight loss procedure for those struggling with weight in the US. The balloon has been offered as a weight loss option in Europe, Australia, and South America since 1990s. Now, with FDAs recent decision, gastric balloon will soon be also available to all qualified patients in the US.

What is a gastric balloon?


A gReShape Gastric Balloonastric balloon is a noninvasive weight loss procedure aimed at helping patients to decrease their portion sizes by placing one to three air or fluid filled balloons inside the stomach. The number of balloons and what they are filled with depends on the type of a gastric balloon a patient decides to get. The recently approved ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System, consists of two fluid filled balloons and is the only gastric balloon currently approved by FDA for use in the US. Differently than any other gastric weight loss surgery, gastric balloon does not require a surgery to place or remove. Both placement and removal procedures are performed endoscopically (via mouth), take less than 30 minutes, and can be done on outpatient basis.

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Do you qualify for the lap-band surgery?

checklist-2What are the requirements for lap-band surgery? Do you know whether you qualify to get the gastric band? Depending on whether you choose to pay for your surgery with health insurance or out of your pocket you may have to meet different requirements. The requirements for adjustable gastric band can also differ from clinic to clinic, so depending on the weight loss facility you choose there may be additional steps you’ll need to take before getting your lap-band. Essentially there are three categories of requirements that you need to meet to qualify for the lap-band:

  • Medical Requirements
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Clinic Specific Requirements

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Weight Gain

– written by: Rebecca Levine MS, RD, LDN

PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Many overweight women may be diagnosed with PCOS and feel that they have not been given enough information on what the condition is or why it occurs. It is estimated that 1 in 10 women have PCOS, but may be uninformed about the condition. PCOS is considered a syndrome or a set of symptoms. Inconsistencies with symptoms can sometimes make PCOS difficult to diagnose. In addition, not every woman experiences the same symptoms. PCOS diagnosis involves 2 or 3 of the following symptoms: irregular ovulation, excess androgens (male hormones, and polycystic ovaries. PCOS is the leading cause of female infertility. Almost 10% of all reproductive age women worldwide show symptoms of PCOS. In addition, many patients with PCOS exhibit excess male hormones, which display as male-like hair growth, acne or thinning of the hair at the scalp.

This combination of PCOS symptoms can lead to an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and infertility. Many women who are diagnosed with PCOS also have a family history of obesity, diabetes or insulin resistance. Treatment of PCOS requires a combination of medical therapy, diet and exercise modifications and psychological support. It has also been shown that weight loss surgery can help overweight women to manage their PCOS more effectively.

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brothThe liquid diet is a challenge for some patients; nevertheless, future LAP-BAND patients have to mentally prepare they will have to stay on liquids for the minimum two weeks before and one week after surgery. Why do you need the liquid diet? What do you need to remember while on the diet? And finally, how to survive it without cheating?  With help from a bariatric dietitian and tips from other patients, we created this blog to help you successfully complete your pre and post-operative lap band liquid diet.       

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