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Orbera vs Obalon: Which Gastric Balloon Is the Best For You?

Orbera vs Obalon

How do you decide which gastric balloon procedure to use? Obalon Balloon vs. Orbera? Does the Orbera balloon work the same as the Obalon? Is the weight loss potential the same with both Obalon and Orbera? How Does Orbera compare to Obalon in cost? These are all good questions and today we are going to look at Orbera vs. Obalon in a side-by-side comparison so you can make an informed decision when choosing the procedure that is right for you.

If you have decided you want or need to lose weight but you do not wish to have surgery a gastric balloon may be a good choice for you. Perhaps you have tried different fad diets or commercial weight-loss programs but were unsuccessful in losing weight and need a little extra help to get you where you need to be. A Non-Surgical weight loss procedure such as a Gastric Balloon may help you while you learn and put into practice lifestyle and behavior changes that will help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight long-term.

How Do Gastric Balloons Work For Weight Loss?

No matter which gastric balloon system you choose, they all facilitate weight loss using restrictive measures although the techniques may be slightly different. Gastric balloons are highly effective in aiding weight loss by occupying space in the stomach. As a result, individuals experience a feeling of fullness, even when consuming small meal portions. This method significantly helps them limit their calorie intake and achieve their weight loss goals. You should use a balloon system as part of a supervised weight loss program along with a low-calorie, healthy diet, and an exercise plan. It will take all these elements for patients to be successful in losing weight.

Additionally, balloon systems are only to be used temporarily for six months. The goal during the placement of the balloon is for the patient to learn and implement new lifestyle choices that become habits they continue for a lifetime. Doctors remove both the Obalon and Orbera balloons endoscopically while the patient is under mild sedation after six months.

How Does The Obalon Balloon Work?

  • The Obalon balloon consists of three smaller balloons filled with gas, which are introduced into the patient’s stomach one at a time during three separate appointments over three months.

  • The patient swallows a capsule containing the balloon and a tiny tube, which the doctor then uses to inflate the balloon to a predetermined size in the patient’s stomach. The doctor then detaches the tube. Finally, the patient leaves the office with no downtime and returns a month later to receive the second balloon and then a third the following month.

  • The patient participates in supervised treatment for a full twelve months with the support of their weight loss clinic. Remove the balloons after six months, but the patient should continue practicing portion control, exercising, and maintaining a low-calorie diet for the rest of the supervised program.

How Does The Orbera Balloon Work?

The Orbera® Balloon uses one soft silicone balloon to occupy space in the stomach, fill it with saline, and act as portion control. This helps individuals prevent overeating, feel full faster, and stay full longer.

The doctors perform the Orbera balloon placement, which is a convenient procedure that can be completed in a single office visit. They use an endoscope, a camera-equipped tool, to lower the deflated balloon into the patient’s stomach while lightly sedating them. Once the doctors place it, they fill the balloon with saline, resembling the size of a grapefruit, to provide effective weight loss solutions.

Although patients may experience temporary discomfort as their stomach adjusts, they can return home the same day. Utilizing an endoscope makes it possible to place the Orbera balloon swiftly. Moreover, we carefully fill the balloon, which is similar in size to a grapefruit, with saline to achieve optimal results. Additionally, the Orbera balloon will gradually adapt to accommodate patients’ stomachs, reassuring them of its ability despite the transient discomfort.

The supervisors support and supervise patients for a year as they learn new behavior patterns and lose weight. They remove the balloon after six months, but the patients continue their supervised treatment for the full twelve months. During the latter six months, they continue to practice their new healthy eating habits and physical fitness programs to continue to lose weight and keep it off. The patient has the full support of their weight loss clinic. And never on their own while navigating this weight loss journey.

weight loss balloon before and after
Orbera weight loss balloon before and after
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                                          Orbera Gastric Balloon Results

Obalon vs. Orbera Cost

The cost of gastric balloon systems varies by geographical location and weight loss surgeon. The Obalon balloon system appears to be a bit more costly in most regions. In fact, the doctor requires three separate office appointments to stagger the insertion of the three balloons.

Some gastric surgeons will offer specials on gastric balloon programs. At IBI, currently, a special promotional campaign is running at a reduced price for the Orbera balloon procedure. Subject to change at any time.

  • The average cost of a gastric balloon in the United States is $8,150.

  • Obalon vs. Orbera – neither is covered by insurance.

  • Medical loans are available for qualified patients:

  • FSA or HSA Tax savings accounts can help offset some costs.

Orbera vs. Obalon Comparison Chart

*Until the stomach becomes adjusted.

**Potential weight loss results can vary based on the patient’s commitment to following program guidelines. Some patients report losing more than 90 pounds.

Check out our elaborated Orbera® Balloon FAQs section. Having difficulty choosing the best-suited weight loss procedure or wondering if you are the right candidate for the Orbera procedure? If you’re interested in learning more about losing weight through a gastric balloon procedure. Contact us to inquire more information about the procedure.

Firstly, schedule a consultation to discuss if you might be a candidate. Additionally, our team of expert professionals is dedicated to partnering with you on your weight loss journey. Furthermore, they will provide guidance and support throughout the process. Most importantly, they will celebrate your success and help you achieve your weight loss goals. So, take the first step towards a healthier you and reach out to IBI Healthcare Institute today.

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Dr. A. Christopher Ibikunle MD FACS
Dr A. Christopher Ibikunle (MD, FACS) is a distinguished surgeon with a rich academic and clinical background. After completing his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, he served as an Active Staff and Assistant Professor of Surgery. Currently, he is a Professor of Surgery at Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership and a Lead Preceptor for several institutions, including Morehouse University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Chris is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, committed to advancing surgery and patient care.
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