Gastric Balloon

What is the ORBERA® Weight Loss Balloon?

Orbera Balloon
The ORBERA® Gastric Balloon is a single inflatable device made of soft silicone designed for weight loss for people who are moderately overweight. Together with the diet and lifestyle recommendations from the DFW Bariatric team, you can meet your weight loss goals for the long term. This nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedure is ideal for people looking to lose up to 40 lbs.

How Does the ORBERA® Balloon Work?

ORBERA® is a single balloon, placed through a quick non-surgical outpatient procedure. The deflated balloon is placed through the mouth into the stomach, using an endoscope while the patient is under a light sedation. The balloon is inflated with a sterile saline solution to about the size of the a grapefruit. The entire process takes approximately 20 – 30 minutes.

The ORBERA® Gastric Balloon remains in the stomach for six months and is removed through a similar procedure to the placement. During the first six months patients can expect to lose the most weight while the balloon creates a feeling of fullness.

Benefits of the ORBERA® Gastric Balloon

  • Non-surgical Gastric balloons are an effective weight loss options for people who don’t want to have, or don’t qualify for weight loss surgery.
  • Reversible the ORBERA® balloon is removed after 6 months
  • Quick the entire procedure takes about 30 minutes with little downtime needed after placement
  • Minimally Invasive there are minimal side effects and no permanent implants or digestive system adjustments
  • Effective Patients lose typically lose 26% of their excess weight and on average, more than 3x as much weight than people using diet and exercise alone

Am I a Candidate?

Patients who are interested in the ORBERA® Balloon must have a consultation with our surgeons to determine if they are a candidate. Patients who have previously had weight loss surgeries are not candidates for the gastric balloon.

Typically, people who meet the following criteria may be a candidate for ORBERA®:

  • 18-64 years old
  • Have a BMI of 27 or greater
  • Attempted to lose weight through diet and exercise without desired results
  • Be ready to commit to a yearlong weight loss program including long term nutrition and fitness changes

ORBERA® and Your Weight Loss Plan

ORBERA® is most effective for patients who are motivated to lose weight and make lifelong changes to maintain weight loss. Our practice believes people deserve to live healthfully and we provide the tools and resources to support them in the weight loss process.

Ready to Kickstart Your Weight Loss Journey?

Contact us to discuss the ORBERA® or other weight loss balloons with one of our experienced physicians. Our staff is ready to help you begin the process to lose weight and live life healthier.

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Patient Testimonials

Janet S.

Lost 93 pounds*

"93 pounds later, I have a whole new life. I’ve gone from a size 24 down to 10-12. I no longer have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. My knees, which were in sad shape before surgery, don’t hurt anymore. I joined a gym and participate in water aerobics and a latin impact aerobics class. My whole life has changed. I have much more confidence in myself and love to be with people."

Vivian P.

Lost 140 pounds*

“First off….this surgery will give you your life back. It is a total life changing surgery and I feel like I owe DFW Bariatric my life since they restored mine to me. My weight ballooned up to 273 lbs before my surgery. I have successfully lost and maintained a 140 lb weight loss… This is the most amazing journey that anyone could ever take and the DFW Bariatric Institute staff will all be there to hold your hand and lead you down the road to your success.”

Sherrie M.

Lost 110 pounds*

“I am currently 29 years old and weigh 130 lbs. Before surgery I weighed almost 240 lbs…This is the best thing I have done with my life and would do it again today. It changed my life drastically. My surgeon said to me, 'I can do 50% for you and give you the surgery, but the other 50% is up to you. Your eating, your exercise, your total outlook on life make up the other 50%. And what you want from the surgery is what you will get, and the life you will gain.'”

John E.

Lost 90 pounds*

“I went to a seminar and left there with complete ease, feeling like everyone cared about me and my health. On first office visit I was totally impressed…I never felt rushed in the office, and always felt everyone cared. My surgery was completed and I am now down 90 pounds…The biggest part of recovery comes from the encouragement DFW Bariatric gives. Everyone is always positive and takes the time to explain things in a positive way.”

Kathy D.

Lost 161 pounds*

“There are no words to express the amount of change that weight loss surgery has brought to my life. I am a 54 year old female. There were so many things I was unable to do before the surgery that I blamed on age. It wasn’t my age at all, it was the weight. I am 30 again…The day of my surgery, I weighed 299 pounds. Today I weigh 138 and wear a size 6…I feel so good about myself now. The surgery saved my life!”

Brian S.

Lost 130 pounds*

“After losing 130 pounds, I feel like I have a new lease on life. I was able to stop all of my diabetes, high blood pressure, and my cholesterol medicines. I have always had chronic knee problems and now I am able to run three miles per day without any pain. If I had a choice of doing this surgery again or not, I would definitely do it again. I feel that by having the surgery it not only gave me my life back but it also saved my life.”

Lorna Q.

Lost 107 pounds*

"I have lost the astonishing amount of 107 pounds in less than a year. I feel like I have my life back and I am in control again. All my family and friends are always telling me that I look happier than before and they are right, I am much, much happier than before. I have to thank DFW Bariatric and my husband for helping me throughout this very emotional and amazing journey. I do not regret at all having the surgery, it is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.”

Danielle L.

Lost 154 pounds*

“My outlook on life was so different before having my weight loss surgery. I was taking medicine for diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression, and my back, legs, and shoulders hurt all the time which kept me from sleeping. My start weight was 298 pounds. And I am now 144. I’m no longer on any type of medications. My body is the best shape I have ever been in. I am so happy to be where I am today mentally and physically. With my hard work and dedication and with the aid of DFW Bariatric, I am where I want to be. I trust this team with all my heart.”

Dennis H.

Lost 170 pounds*

“At 365 pounds, I was medicated for high blood pressure, diabetes, joint inflammation, and high cholesterol…I was a living example of morbid obesity. I knew then that it was time to do something with my weight…It was not easy to get through all of the hoops that my health plan demanded, but the DFW Bariatric team helped me every step of the way. Today I weigh 195 pounds and feel great! From the time I left the hospital after surgery I have been free from all prescription medications. I can never thank this team enough for giving me back my life."