Orbera Intragastric Balloon
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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 in your stomach which takes up space so you eat less and feel full faster. The balloon is removed after six months.

Roper St. Francis Bariatric Surgery & Medical Weight Loss is one of the first centers in South Carolina to be certified to place intragastric balloons. Our program offers the Orbera intragastric balloon.

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 $6,800. If needed, we can refer you for financing options.

Get started today, complete the Intragastric Balloon Information Session online. To speak with one of our Roper St. Francis experts about an intragastric balloon, call (843) 958-2590.
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