What is a gastric balloon? In addition to being a safe and effective way for many people to lose weight and keep it off, it’s also one of the more commonly recommended weight-loss procedures.
At Oregon Weight Loss Surgery, we perform gastric balloon procedures as one of our suite of weight loss surgeries and services. Contact Oregon Weight Loss Surgery today to get started on your own weight-loss success story!
What is a gastric balloon?
The specialists at Oregon Weight Loss Surgery use the Orbera Intragastric Balloon, a silicone balloon inserted into the stomach during a simple 15-minute outpatient endoscopic procedure.
After insertion, the balloon is filled with a patient-specific and appropriate amount of saline. The ballon’s expansion takes up space in the stomach so the patient feels fuller sooner during meals and eats less as a result.
After the procedure, the staff at Oregon Weight Loss Surgery will work with the patient to develop a nutrition plan that will help them stay on track to achieve their weight-loss goals.
Risks of Orbera Intragastric Balloon
The Food and Drug Administration approves the Orbera Intragastric Balloon for patients with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40.
The Orbera balloon poses minimal risk to most patients. However, it is not recommended for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding; people with drug or alcohol addictions; people on a daily aspirin prescription regimen; or people who take anticoagulants or anti-inflammatory agents.
Side effects of the gastric balloon can include gastrointestinal-related inflammatory diseases and gastrointestinal bleeding. Please talk with your doctor about whether or not gastric balloon surgery is right for you.
Possible Complications of Gastric Balloon Surgery
- Device intolerance
- Gastric outlet obstruction
- Gastric perforation
The Orbera Intragastric Balloon is a temporary procedure. Placement should not exceed six months. A second procedure is required to remove the balloon.
Oregon Weight Loss Surgery
As one of the most experienced weight loss surgery programs in the Pacific Northwest, the friendly and experienced staff at Oregon Weight Loss Surgery is ready to serve you.
Dr. Emma Patterson and her specialized staff are dedicated to providing you with only the most compassionate, supportive and effective bariatric surgery journey. Dr. Patterson has performed thousands of weight-loss surgeries and was the very first surgeon in the Pacific Northwest to specialize in laparoscopic bariatric surgery.
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