How long is the recovery process?
You should plan at least three days of inactivity to recover from the procedure. You will be able to resume normal activity sooner or later than this depending on how quickly your body adjusts to the balloon.
How long does the balloon stay in your stomach?
The Orbera gastric balloon is placed in the stomach for 6 months, while the Spatz3® adjustable gastric balloon is placed in the stomach for 12 months. Should your doctor recommend use of the balloon for longer periods, it is necessary that the balloon be replaced with a new one at the six- or 12-month interval.
Will the weight return after the balloon is taken out?
Losing weight and keeping it off is a lifetime undertaking. Your body will always remember its peak weight and your metabolism will adapt to drive you back to this weight. We understand that weight regain (relapse) is part of obesity, being a chronic disease, and needs to be proactively managed.
Typically, patients may regain 10-20% of their lost weight (eg. approximately 2-4 kg following a loss of 20kg) after 12 months. Many of our patients will maintain their weight loss for up to 5 years until bad eating habits return (commonly after stressful periods).
The key to preventing weight regain after any intervention is proactive management. On completion of our program you will be provided with an action plan to monitor your weight with a stepwise approach to preventing its rise. We expect to continue to see you at least on an annual basis after you graduate from our program to monitor your progress and to help you avoid regaining weight.
How much weight can I lose with Orbera?
It is important to understand that the gastric balloon is a tool to aid weight loss and is most effective when combined with a comprehensive lifestyle program delivered by your doctor and trained allied health team. The amount of weight loss to be expected is specific to each device; but in general, most devices will achieve 15-20% TBWL (Total Body Weight Loss; ie a 100kg person could expect to lose 15-20 kg on average*). Ultimately, the amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how closely you follow the advice of your doctor and allied health team.
Is there anything I cannot eat?
You will be provided with specific dietary advice from our expert team of dietitians. Around the time of insertion, adjustment or removal, your diet will be restricted, however outside these periods, you are able to enjoy most foods without concern. Some foods may cause symptoms, such as spicy, rich/ fatty or tough foods which don’t break down. Red meat and especially steak may cause indigestion. Fish and chicken are generally fine. Fibrous vegetables should be cooked until soft.
Can I do physical activities with the balloon?
During the first week of the procedure you should not plan any heavy activities. Once your body has adjusted to the balloon you can continue your normal activities. Starting a regular exercise program is highly recommended and will improve your success.
Is a gastric balloon the right procedure for you?
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About The Author:
Clinical Professor of Surgery, Augusta University and University of Georgia
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Member, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Dr Chris is the CEO of Georgia SurgiCare and its subsidiaries, the premier Same Day Surgery center in Georgia. He is an Augusta University Professor of Surgery who specializes in all aspects of General and Bariatric Surgery, including acid reflux, weight loss, gallbladder, hernia repair and cancer care.
He is a leader in his field and at the forefront of technology, committed to providing high-quality, personalized and compassionate care to patients every day. Furthermore,Dr Chris has received numerous prestigious awards and distinctions such as Best of Gwinnett, SBDC Business Development, and Innovation Award.