Gastric balloon is a non-invasive weight loss procedure intended for individuals with a BMI between 30 and 40, who did not achieve satisfying weight loss results using traditional methods like diet and exercise. Gastric balloon weight loss program involves placement of a weight loss implant, a balloon, for a period of six months. Individuals who decide to undergo the procedure are also enrolled in a one year behavior change program.
Gastric balloon is a weight loss device placed inside a stomach to limit its capacity and allow patients to feel full with smaller portions. The balloon is placed endoscopically (via mouth) and then filled with saline fluid. Depending on the size of your stomach, the surgeon will decide on the optimal amount of fluid to fill your balloon. The intention is for the gastric balloon to occupy approximately two thirds of the stomach. Both ReShape® and Orbera® gastric balloon devices currently offered by DayOne Health can hold anywhere between 400 and 900cc of fluid. The gastric balloon is placed for a maximum period of six months. If you decide to undergo the gastric balloon procedure, you must remember that the balloon is intended to stay in your stomach for a limited time. Patients must agree to come back to see the physician for the balloon to be removed. In order to achieve the best results, patients who undergo gastric balloon procedure are recommended to meet with a bariatric dietitian to establish healthier eating habits and to create a plan for regular physical activity. At DayOne Health we will provide you with dietary counseling free of charge to support you throughout your weight loss journey.
DayOne Health bariatric clinic in Chicago currently offers both Orbera and ReShape gastric balloons. Because gastric balloon is considered a new procedure in the US, it is not covered by health insurance. At DayOne Health we currently offer a self-pay package for patients interested in gastric balloon. The self-pay package includes fees for both placement and removal procedures, physician fees, anesthesia, and a year of unlimited nutritional support with a licensed bariatric dietitian. For patients who are considering gastric balloon, but can’t afford the full price, we offer financing options.
Gastric balloon types
Currently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two types of gastric balloon devices for use in the US. The two balloons look slightly different, but essentially use the same mechanism to help patients achieve weight loss. Both Orbera and ReShape are balloons filled with fluid and intended to fill space in your stomach to make you feel full with smaller portions.
ReShape Dual Gastric Balloon
ReShape dual gastric balloon consists of two connected balloons, each with maximum volume size of 450cc (total of 900cc volume). The deflated double balloon is placed endoscopically. Once ReShape balloons are in place, the ReShape trained physician fills each balloon with dyed saline solution.
UNIQUE SAFETY FEATURE
Each of the balloons has a separate inflating mechanism, so in the case of puncturing or deflation, only one of the balloons will empty. In other words, in case of deflation the dual-balloon technology makes the ReShape gastric balloon slightly safer than the single balloon. If one of the balloons is punctured, the other will keep the device in place until you see your physician.
SIDE EFFECT PREVENTION
In addition, ReShape‘s double balloon design causes fewer side effects, such as nausea and discomfort following the implantation, than a single balloon. Due the unique design, dual balloon conforms better to the curvature of the stomach and remains in its lower part making the dual balloon more comfortable.
The ReShape dual gastric balloon is intended to remain in the stomach for a period of six months. If you decide to get the balloon, it is recommended for you to stay in touch with your bariatric clinic. Patients must also agree to have the balloon removed after a six month period. Keeping the gastric balloon longer than six months significantly increases the risk of balloon being punctured and deflating. DayOne Health currently offers the ReShape dual balloon in Oswego location. If you are interested to see if you are a candidate for the ReShape® dual balloon procedure, please contact our patient advocate.
Orbera Gastric Balloon
Orbera is a single gastric balloon which can be filled to occupy anywhere from 400 to 700cc’s of the stomach’s capacity. The Orbera gastric balloon is intended for patients who tried traditional methods to lose weight but could not achieve satisfying results. Orbera gastric balloon is placed endoscopically by a trained bariatric physician. The balloon is first placed deflated and, once in the stomach, it is filled with saline solution. Depending on the size of your stomach, the doctor will choose the most optimal amount of saline to fill the balloon.
Like ReShape dual balloon, Orbera gastric balloon is to be removed after six months. During the that time, patients are recommended to meet with a bariatric dietitian and/or a trainer to discuss lifestyle changes necessary to maintain the weight loss after the balloon is removed. In order to achieve the best results, it is recommended that you stay in touch with your physician and the weight loss clinic throughout your journey – before and after gastric balloon removal. The physician and the rest of the bariatric team will guide you and help you get the most out of your balloon.
In addition, because the device is designed to serve you for six months, it is very important that when the time comes you contact your physician for the removal procedure. Like with any device that is intended for a limited time, keeping the balloon longer than recommended puts you at increased risk of developing complications.
*Results and patient experience may vary.
Important ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon System Safety Information:
The ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon System is a weight loss aid for adults suffering from obesity, with a body mass index (BMI) ≥30 and ≤40 kg/m2, who have tried other weight loss programs, such as following supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs, but who were unable to lose weight and keep it off.
To receive ORBERA™ you must be willing to also follow a 12-month program, beginning with the placement of ORBERA™ and continuing for 6 months after, that includes a healthy diet and exercise plan. If the diet and exercise program is not followed, you will not experience significant weight loss results; in fact, you may not experience any weight loss.
Losing weight and keeping it off is not easy, so you will be supervised throughout this program by a team of physicians, physiologists, and nutritionists. This team will help you make and maintain major changes in your eating and exercise habits.
ORBERA™ is placed for no more than six months. Any time that the balloon is in the stomach for longer than six months puts you at risk for complications, such as bowel obstruction, which can be fatal.
Some patients are ineligible to receive ORBERA™. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history and will also perform a physical examination to determine your eligibility for the device. Additionally, at the time of placement, the doctor may identify internal factors, such as stomach irritation or ulcers, which may prevent you from receiving ORBERA™.
You must not receive ORBERA™ if you are pregnant, a woman planning to become pregnant within six months’ time, or breast-feeding.
Complications that may result from the use of ORBERA™ include the risks associated with any endoscopic procedure and those associated with the medications and methods used in this procedure, as well as your ability to tolerate a foreign object placed in your stomach. Possible complications include: partial or complete blockage of the bowel by the balloon, insufficient or no weight loss, adverse health consequences resulting from weight loss, stomach discomfort, continuing nausea and vomiting, abdominal or back pain, acid reflux, influence on digestion of food, blockage of food entering the stomach, bacterial growth in the fluid filling the balloon which can lead to infection, injury to the lining of the digestive tract, stomach or esophagus, and balloon deflation.
Important: For full safety information please visit orbera.com/dfu, talk with your doctor, or call Apollo Customer Support at 1-855-MYORBERA.
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