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What is an Intragastric Balloon?

An intragastric balloon is a non-surgical treatment option for obesity. People with an intragastric balloon lose an average of two to three times the weight when combined with diet and exercise compared to those using diet and exercise alone. During safe and effective procedure, a physician places a small balloon or balloons in your stomach which takes up space so you eat less and feel full faster. The balloons are removed after six months. Roper St. Francis Bariatric & Metabolic Services is one of the first centers in South Carolina to be certified to place intragastric balloons.

Our program offers the Obalon and Orbera intragastric balloons.

What is the Obalon Balloon System?
The Obalon Balloon System is the first and only swallowable, FDA-approved balloon system for weight loss. The non-surgical treatment consists of three lightweight, buoyant balloons, placed gradually in your stomach over three months. Each balloon is about the size of an orange and weighs about the same as a penny.

How is the Obalon done?
Placement of each Obalon Balloon is done as an outpatient procedure and does not require sedation. It typically takes about 10 minutes and most people return to normal activities immediately following the procedure.

What is the treatment period for the Obalon?
The Obalon Balloon treatment period is for six-months. After the first balloon is placed, your doctor will usually have you swallow a second balloon capsule one month after the first balloon and a third balloon capsule two months after the second balloon. All balloons will be taken out six months after the first balloon capsule is swallowed during a brief outpatient endoscopic procedure performed under light, conscious sedation.

When will I see results from the Obalon Balloon?
In a large clinical study, Obalon was shown to help people experience meaningful weight loss. Patients lost twice as much weight than those using diet and exercise alone. Six months after the balloons were removed, an average of 89% of the weight lost was kept off, when combined with diet and exercise.

Who can receive the Obalon?
  • Adults only
  • Must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40
  • Be willing to participate in medically supervised coaching

What is the procedure cost and coverage for the Obalon?
Obalon has no health insurance coverage. The placement/removal procedures, device and a full 12 months of coaching and support will cost $7,999. If needed, we can refer you for financing options.

What is an Orbera Balloon System?
Orbera is a non-surgical outpatient endoscopic procedure performed under light, conscious sedation. The physician places one thin and deflated balloon into the stomach and fills it with saline until it’s about the size of a grapefruit.

How is the Orbera done?
The procedure typically takes about 20-30 minutes so you can go home the very same day.
After six months, the balloon is deflated and removed in an outpatient endoscopic procedure performed under light, conscious sedation.

When will I see results from the Orbera Balloon?
Weight loss with Orbera is rapid, with the majority of weight loss typically occurring in the first three months of treatment. The adjustments to your eating habits and your continued efforts to stay active will greatly influence your results.

Who can receive the Orbera?
  • Adults only
  • Must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40
  • Be willing to participate in medically supervised coaching

What is the procedure cost and coverage for the Orbera?
Orbera has no health insurance coverage. The placement/removal procedures, device and a full 12 months of coaching and support will cost $7,999. If needed, we can refer you for financing options.

Get started today! To speak with one of our Roper St. Francis experts about an intragastric balloon, call (843) 958-2590.
 
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