Orbera Intragastric Balloon

The Orbera balloon takes up space in your stomach and helps you eat smaller meals.

A doctor places a thin, deflated Orbera balloon into the stomach. This procedure is done in an endoscopy suite, not an operating room. No incision is made, but you’ll receive a mild sedative to keep you comfortable. The balloon is filled with saline until it reaches the size of a grapefruit. This procedure typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes, and you can return home the same day. 

intragastric balloon

After the procedure, you receive coaching from a team of experts, which may include a dietitian, psychologist and exercise physiologist. After six months, the balloon is deflated and removed using the same procedure that placed it inside your stomach. Coaching continues for another six months after the balloon is removed.

To qualify for Orbera, you must be an adult with a BMI between 30 and 40 who is willing to participate in a medically supervised weight loss program.


  • Rapid weight loss occurs in the first three months of treatment.
  • After six months, the average patient loses more than three times the weight he or she would have lost making changes to diet and exercise alone.
  • Patients keep the weight off even after the balloon is removed.


  • If you don’t commit to a healthy lifestyle, the procedure will not be effective.
  • Nausea, vomiting and other symptoms may last a few days to a couple weeks.
  • The balloon could leak or deflate, though it’s rare.