ORBERA® Weight-loss Balloon

ORBERA® is a weight loss balloon designed to help with portion control and ultimately improve weight loss.


Tri-Cities Gastroenterology is pleased to offer the ORBERA® gastric balloon. ORBERA® is a durable gastric balloon made out of soft silicone.  It is inserted orally through your esophagus and placed directly into your stomach.  The best part is that the procedure is non-surgical, it is very quickly performed, taking only 20-30 minutes, and there are no incisions.  

While it is temporarily in your stomach for six months it encourages your body to adapt to healthier portion sizes.  The shape and volume of the balloon takes up enough space in your stomach to help you adapt to healthier portion sizes.  The technology and design of the balloon helps patients lose up to 3x the weight of diet and exercise alone.



ORBERA® is placed into the stomach in a simple, non-surgical outpatient procedure.  First, a diagnostic endoscopy is done to ensure that there are no contraindications and that it is safe to perform the procedure.  Once you are mildly sedated and comfortable, the procedure can begin.

The deflated gastric balloon is inserted through the esophagus and into your stomach.  A syringe is then used to fill the balloon with a sterile saline solution.  Once the weight loss balloon has been filled with saline it is about the size of a grapefruit.  The entire procedure takes about 20-30 minutes.  After roughtly two hours of recovery, most patients head home to begin the rest of their new life.


The ORBERA weight loss balloon stays in your stomach for the first six months after the procedure.  With the stomach balloon and support team, patient usually see the most drastic results in the first six months.  It is very important to use this time to develop healthy habits that will continue for not only the 12-month weight loss program, but for the rest of your life.  During the first six months, you will learn how to use your ORBERA® as a tool to aid in your weight loss.  Having open and constant communication with your support team is crucial in maximizing the benefits of the ORBERA® weight loss system.  Over the next 12 months, you will have regular sessions with your dietician and treatment team.  



Once the stomach balloon has been in place for six months, the balloon is removed.  The simple and non-surgical procedure is very similar to the placement process.  Once ORBERA® gastric balloon has been removed, it is very important to continue working closely with your support team and coaches to follow the personal diet and exercise plan given to you.  This will help to keep you in a positive and healthy mindset while achieving your weight loss goals.

When your yearlong program is over, maintaining the healthy lifestyle choices you have established will help you continue to lose weight and keep it off.


To learn more about the ORBERA® weight loss balloon or to schedule an appointment to start your weight loss journey, please contact Tri-Cities Gastroenterology ORBERA® liaison. We look forward to being a part of your weight loss journey and new life!