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Lose weight endoscopically

A safe and nonsurgical weight loss program with 20 years’ experience and over 400,000 balloons distributed worldwide.1

How it works

The Orbera® gastric balloon is inserted through the mouth, with no incisions. Afterward, you have less room in your stomach, but more room to succeed with your weight loss goals. Watch for more.

What to expect

Orbera® helps healthier eating habits become second nature. You’ll learn to listen to your body and feel full with less food. So, the weight loss can begin immediately. The habit-building can continue far beyond.

Meet with your doctor to discuss weight loss goals and develop a comprehensive program with your care team. Begin planning the diet you will be following after the procedure, as  well as how to begin forming better habits moving forward. 

In the first few days after placement, your body should adjust to the balloon. You might feel sick for a few days as you get accustomed to the balloon. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help proactively manage these symptoms. If you experience severe pain, nausea, or vomiting (particularly if you were already acclimating to the balloon), contact your doctor without delay. There could be a problem with your balloon that needs attention.

You should see rapid weight loss results and will lose the most significant amount during these first three months. The adjustments to your eating habits and your continued efforts to stay active will greatly influence your results. 

The balloon helps train your body to feel full on smaller portions. The goal of this period is to continue to build strong habits and prepare your mind and body to keep the weight off after the balloon is removed. Continue to work with your care team to optimize your daily nutrition, diet, and exercise routine. 

At six months, the balloon is removed. This is officially where all the hard work pays off. Now, you’ve retrained your body to know what full really feels like. Plus, you’ve been weaving more nutritional meals into your diet. All of this new behavior opens the door for not only keeping weight off but working toward more fitness goals. 

Clinical evidence


More weight loss than diet and exercise alone.¹


Devices distributed worldwide in over 80 countries.2


Orbera® is FDA-approved.

1 Orbera® US FDA Pivotal Study.

2 Data on file.

"I've never been able to run; I've been fascinated that 50 pounds lighter I can do this"

Amanda lost 51 Lbs.

"I accomplished my goal in doing what I wanted to do"

Charlotte lost 43 Lbs.

*Results are from individual customer testimonials and your results may vary.


Orbera® can cost as little as $150 a month. Costs and financing options vary by provider. Talk with a doctor near you for help in finding affordable financing.


Surgical procedures like gastric bypass1


Liposuction, or laser lipo treatment2


Jenny Craig, or other similar meal plans3



1. https://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/financing-weight-loss-surgery#1 

2. https://www.realself.com/liposuction/cost and https://www.realself.com/laser-liposuction/cos

3. https://www.bestdiettips.com/jenny-craig/how-much-does-jenny-craig-cost-price-list-for-2011


Learning about Orbera®

All procedures have risk. Patients should talk with their doctor and understand all risks before having any procedure.

A gastric balloon is a nonsurgical and temporary weight loss device. A smooth, soft saline-filled balloon (about the size of a grapefruit) is placed in your stomach. Once in place, the gastric balloon will partially fill the stomach, so you may consume smaller portions of food and still feel full. Along with professional health and wellness advice, the balloon will allow you to adopt good healthy eating habits and change your lifestyle, so you can lose weight quickly and keep it off long term.  

To qualify for Orbera®, you must be an adult, have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 kg/m2, and be willing to participate in a medically supervised program.

It is important to understand that the balloon is a tool to aid weight loss and must be used in conjunction with diet, exercise, and a behavior modification program. The amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how closely you follow your diet and adopt long-term lifestyle changes. The Orbera® clinical study has shown that weight loss varies from person to person. On average, patients lost 3.1x the weight of those who were on a diet and exercise program alone.In the US clinical study patients lost an average of 21.8 lbs.

¹ Orbera® US FDA Pivotal Study.

Orbera® has been reviewed in over 250 published global clinical papers, and a balloon leak or deflation happens in fewer than 1 in 200 patients over the course of six months. However, if the balloon should spontaneously deflate, you may no longer feel full after eating. If you suspect this may be the case, notify your doctor immediately. A simple abdominal U-ray can determine if the balloon has deflated. If it has, your doctor will arrange to remove the deflated balloon.

Published clinical studies2 for Orbera® have shown that, provided you keep to the prescribed diet and exercise regime, you will maintain weight loss through dieting after removal. So, if you stick to your new, healthy lifestyle, you will be well on the way to maintaining your weight loss.

2. Data on file.

It is very likely the presence of the balloon in the stomach will cause nausea or vomiting after placement. In some patients, it may last one to two weeks. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help minimize these potential effects. Patients will need to immediately contact their doctor for any severe or unusual symptoms, such as severe pain or vomiting.

The balloon can also get bigger while it’s in your stomach. This is reported to occur in approximately 1 in 300 patients. If you think the balloon is getting larger, contact your doctor. An U-ray can be performed to confirm whether this has happened. If it has, the balloon should be removed.

The Orbera® balloon is constructed of a very smooth and soft silicone material to minimalize the risk of irritating the stomach wall. You will also be prescribed medicines that will reduce the acidity in your stomach and help protect your stomach wall. Patients with prior stomach surgery are not eligible for the procedure because of a higher risk of the balloon causing perforation in the stomach. Some patients without prior stomach surgery have also had stomach perforations, but this is typically following extended periods of side effects. Patients should be advised to immediately contact their physician if they are experiencing severe pain and nausea. The balloon may need to be removed.

The balloon should be removed at the stated time. Leaving the balloon in your stomach for a longer period increases certain risks, most notably deflation of the balloon. If the balloon does deflate, there is a risk of it causing an obstruction in your stomach or intestines. This happens rarely, but you should schedule your balloon removal soon after your balloon is placed, so that there is no delay.

Common side effects include nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Speak to your physician about these and other more serious side effects that may occur. For full safety information: visit Orbera.com/isi, talk with your doctor, or call Apollo Customer Support at 855-700-0780.

Important Orbera® Intragastric Balloon System Safety Information:

  • The Orbera® Intragastric Balloon is made to help you lose weight. From the time that your balloon is placed and for six months after it is removed, you need to follow a healthy diet and exercise program to lose weight. You may not lose weight if you do not follow the program. Your doctor’s clinical team, including dieticians, nutritionists and/or exercise trainers, should help you on your weight loss journey.
  • The Orbera® Intragastric Balloon is for adults who are suffering from obesity and have not been able to lose weight and keep it off. To receive an Orbera® balloon, you must be willing to follow a 12-month program. The program begins with the use of the balloon and a healthy diet and exercise program for six months. That is followed by six more months of a healthy diet and exercise program without the balloon in your stomach.
  • Your doctor will ask you about your medical history and will also perform a physical examination to determine your eligibility for the device. Additionally, at the time of placement, the doctor may identify internal factors, such as stomach irritation or ulcers, which may prevent you from receiving Orbera®.
  • You must not receive Orbera® if you are pregnant, a woman planning to become pregnant within six months’ time, or breast-feeding.
  • You must maintain regular contact with your doctor while the balloon is in your stomach. Nausea and vomiting are common when the balloon is placed. Patients typically adjust to the balloon in the first few weeks, then these symptoms improve. If you adjust to the balloon, but then you begin to feel significant stomach pain, contact your doctor immediately as this may be signs of a significant problem with your stomach and could lead to death.
  • Do not use Orbera® for more than six months. Prolonged balloon placement may increase the risk of the balloon deflating. A deflated balloon can cause a blockage in the stomach or intestines, requiring surgery. While it has not yet been reported, it is possible for an unaddressed blockage to cause death.
  • Call your doctor if you have any concerns about your health or well-being at any time during the six-month placement of the balloon.
  • For full safety information please visit Orbera.com/isi to download the Patient Information Booklet, talk with your doctor, or call Apollo Customer Support at 855-700-0780.

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