Orbera and ReShape Patient Criteria



Do you feel like you tried everything but could not achieve long lasting weight loss? Do you need to lose 30 pounds or more, but you are not ready to undergo a weight loss surgery? If you answered yes to these two questions, you might be a good candidate for the gastric balloon procedure.

Different than other weight loss procedures, both ReShape and Orbera gastric balloon procedures are performed endoscopically and are completely noninvasive. Offered for many years in other parts of the world, including Europe and Canada, the gastric balloon is finally available to patients in the US. DayOne Health was the first practice in Chicago to offer Orbera gastric balloon by Apollo Endosurgery and we are the first to offer the ReShape dual balloon in Chicagoland area. Below you will find additional information in regards to health criteria both for Orbera and ReShape gastric balloons.

Am I a candidate for Orbera or ReShape gastric balloon?

Orbera gastric balloon candidates:

✔  Are 22 years old or older

✔  Are interested in losing approximately 30 pounds

✔  Have a BMI between 30 and 40 (moderately overweight)

✔  Are not eligible or comfortable with other forms of weight loss surgery

✔  Are not able to lose weight with traditional forms of diet and exercise

✔  Are ready to commit to lifestyle change

✔  Would agree to participate in a behavior modification program

✔  Will commit to undergo balloon removal after six months with the balloon

Gastric Balloon – Additional Requirements

Orbera and ReShape gastric balloon as well as Orbera and ReShape weight management programs are intended for patients looking to lose approximately 30 pounds. The procedure can be used as a primary weight loss method for patients who are less than severely overweight, or those considering Orbera or ReShape as an initial step for weight loss surgery in the future. If you are struggling to lose post-baby weight or are getting ready for a big event, gastric balloon can help you lose the weight in six months time.

If you decide to get the Orbera gastric balloon or ReShape dual balloon, you also must be ready to participate in a weight management program during the time Orbera or ReShape is implanted and for six months after the removal. Patients who are unable to commit to lifestyle and habit changes, or have conditions preventing them from following up to remove Orbera or ReShape in the bariatric clinic, would not be considered good candidates for Orbera or ReShape gastric balloon.

Who is NOT a right candidate for Orbera or ReShape gastric balloon?   

Orbera or ReShape gastric balloon would not be suitable for patients who for medical reasons are not able to undergo endoscopy or had any previous gastrointestinal surgery. Patients with any inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, potential upper gastrointestinal bleeding or other congenital anomalies, large hiatal hernia or other structural abnormality in the esophagus or larynx also would not qualify to become Orbera or ReShape patients.

Women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant within six months’ time, or breastfeeding are not considered candidates for Orbera or ReShape gastric balloon surgery. In addition, patients who have undergone weight loss or other gastric surgery in the past, would not qualify to become Orbera or ReShape patients.

Additional Contraindications for patients

  • diagnosed or who have a history of psychological disorder
  • who are unable or unwilling to undergo the weight management program during and after gastric balloon removal
  • going through drug or alcohol addiction
  • who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory agents, anticoagulants or other gastric irritants

Insurance coverage and payment options

As a newly FDA approved procedure, gastric balloon is not currently covered by health insurance. Like in the case of other new technologies, it sometimes takes years before the procedures are recognized and reimbursed by insurance providers.  Because at DayOne we are committed to delivering to our patients the newest and the best weight loss solutions we prepared a self-pay package for patients interested in the Orbera gastric balloon procedure.

What's included in the price?

✔  cost of the gastric balloon implant

✔  facility cost

✔  physician professional fee

✔  sedation

✔  all costs associated with the removal procedure

✔  one year of physician follow up and nutritional counseling

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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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