ORBERA INTRAGASTRIC BALLOON
The Orbera Intragastric Balloon is a non-surgical procedure designed to assist individuals who are overweight with a BMI between 27 and 35 and wanting to lose a significant amount of their excess weight. The program also suits those who don’t want to undergo surgery for weight loss, but are motivated and ready to comply with a medically supervised lifestyle modification program.
This endoscopic procedure involves placing a non-fixed saline-filled silicone balloon in the stomach, reducing the food-holding capacity and calorie intake. The gastric balloon is inserted deflated through the oesophagus and filled with saline whilst patients are under a low dose of anaesthetic. The procedure takes 20-30 minutes and offers many overweight individuals a non-surgical alternative to weight loss, including those who don’t have private health insurance to help fund the cost of more expensive surgical procedures, like gastric banding or gastric sleeve. The Orbera System is also suitable for those needing to lose weight to suit their orthopaedic surgery needs.
The gastric balloon remains in the stomach for 6 months, with a significant percentage of expected weight loss. A 12 month Lifestyle Modification Program compliments this procedure to assist patients in maintaining this weight loss after the balloon is removed. The 12 month lifestyle modification program includes support from our psychologist and dietitian. This procedure is generally not recommended for those with a BMI greater than 35.
Included in your package are the following consultations and support:
- Insertion and removal by the specialist in a day-surgical facility
- 5 Elective consultations with either Dietitian or Psychologist or (2 whilst balloon is in place and 3 following removal)
- 1 Dietitian appointment 23 weeks after insertion
- 4 Medical follow-ups with the specialist whilst balloon is in place
- 1 Diet Plate to assist with portion control education
Additional costs that may apply:
- Anaesthetist fee on insertion – Rebates may apply
- Anaesthetist fee on removal – Rebates may apply
- Additional hospital fees if no private health cover is held
Please contact us for information on procedure costs, eligibility, and finance options.
Monthly Information Sessions
Why not attend one of our Information Nights, where you can meet the team, ask questions, and discuss the cost and effectiveness of the procedure. You will also hear from past patients about their experiences and be given the opportunity to ask questions so you can make an informed decision regarding your weight loss options.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary for each person.