Orbera is changing lives in Orange County, one stomach balloon at a time
Rated #1 worldwide as a safe, effective and non-surgical weight loss strategy, the Orbera single sphered gastric balloon allows clients to feel fuller and more satisfied at every meal, reducing excess eating and facilitating weight loss.
The small, grapefruit-sized balloon is made of soft silicone. It gets inserted endoscopically through the mouth and throat, finally resting in the abdomen where it is filled with sterile saline solution. The amount of liquid can be adjusted by the doctor to meet each patient’s specific needs and goals. The 30-minute procedure requires no heavy anesthesia, incisions, surgical cuts, or suturing, with most OC and Irvine area clients returning to work or normal activities within 24-48 hours.
Patients undergo a transformative two-phase program that focuses on a lifestyle shift
In part one of Orbera’s system, the gastric balloon is gently inserted, kicking off six months of applied nutritional counseling and lifestyle coaching. During the second six-month phase, the balloon is removed, but coaching continues. The client learns how to continue practicing proper portion control on their own, sans the balloon.
As part of Athenix’s Orbera gastric balloon treatment program, you will receive:
- The breakthrough Orbera technology
- 24/7 access to our online support community
- Customized dietary counseling and an exercise plan tailored to your preferences
- Lifestyle and eating advice from a licensed team of doctors, nutritionists, psychologists and personal trainers
- A comprehensive follow up regimen and aftercare sessions
Innovative weight loss solutions from a company that cares
Orbera is the most recent effort from a world-class endoscopic surgical instrument company called Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. whose previous GI inventions include LAP-BAND gastric banding and OverStitch suturing.
For the past 20 years, intragastric balloons have been popular in South America, Mexico, Europe, Australia, India, Canada and other countries, but the Orbera balloon is the first of its nature to be approved for use in the United States.
To date, the two-phase Orbera system has been adopted by over 220,000 patients, according to Apollo data. Apollo’s primary mission is to create a middle ground between more aggressive obesity treatments such as bariatric surgery and ordinary dieting. Apollo is located in Austin, Texas.
Where does Orbera stand on safety?
Like most gastrointestinal devices, the Orbera stomach balloon treatment should only be performed by a skilled, board certified specialist at an accredited outpatient facility or hospital under strict supervision. The FDA has approved Orbera with the following list of contraindications.
Orbera is not considered safe for those:
- under 18
- with a BMI of more than 40
- with active substance abuse issues
- who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- who have undergone previous bariatric surgery or who currently have a gastric balloon
- taking aspirin, blood thinners or other GI tract irritants
- with a GI infection or disorder
- with a hiatal hernia
- who cannot tolerate an endoscope through the mouth, throat or esophagus
- who have issues with severe bleeding
- with a psychiatric disorder
- with liver failure
- unwilling to follow through with the 12-month dietary counseling sessions