The season of eating, drinking and merry making is almost upon us. For those of us intent on shaking off a few pounds, it can be a particularly challenging time. What if I told you that you could shake off up to 40 percent (32 pounds on average) of that excess weight by spring? If you’re looking for an edge, you may want to consider an ORBERA® Intragastric balloon.
We’re excited to offer this revolutionary, recently-approved, minimally-invasive procedure designed to help you shed unwanted pounds. The ORBERA® device is a soft, expandable silicone balloon designed for safe insertion into the stomach. Once in place, the balloon is inflated with salt water (saline) so that it expands into a spherical shape to take up some of the space in your stomach, so you feel fuller, sooner.
How does ORBERA® work?
If you’ve sustained a high-caloric intake over a long period of time, your stomach has stretched to accommodate that intake. For most of us, this is where the battle of the bulge takes shape. Until your stomach shrinks, dieting will leave you feeling hungry and deprived.
An ORBERA® Intragastric balloon occupies some of that extra space in your stomach to help you move past that “empty” feeling and give you time to make the lifestyle changes necessary to achieve your goals. I like to think of it as a nice “kick start” to any exercise and weight loss strategy without the downtime and discomfort associated with other bariatric procedures.
ORBERA® patients begin their weight loss journey with the insertion of an ORBERA® Intragastric balloon (approximately 6 months from insertion to removal) to adjust to a new, healthier lifestyle. This minimally-invasive procedure is part of a clinically-supervised 12-month program that includes healthy diet and exercise.
Why choose Allure for an ORBERA® Intragastric balloon?
There’s really no way to lose weight long term without changing your relationship to food. In the short term, the balloon will help you lose weight, but for the long term you’ll need to do something else. Our bariatric specialist can help take you through the entire clinically-supervised ORBERA® program, including balloon insertion and removal, and a dietary program to keep you on track (see your Allure physician for details).
To find out if you’re a candidate for this newly FDA-approved procedure, please contact our office at (586) 992-8300.