Orbera Gastric Balloon

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If you want to find out more about the Orbera Managed Weight Loss System or ReShape Duo, request a consultation today! Please note that gastric balloon is not yet covered by insurance, but financing is available through Prosper Healthcare Lending, and health savings accounts can also be used for this procedure.

Note: This is not an actual appointment date, just a request. Someone from our team will contact you! Gastric balloons are not covered by insurance. Patients who have had prior bariatric surgery are not candidates for a balloon, with the exception of band patients who have already had their band removed. Thanks!

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Orbera Gastric Balloon


More than two-thirds of  us in  America are considered to be overweight or obese, and statistics show that this percentage is increasing with time.  This means that over 140 million Americans need help controlling their weight.  Serious health issues such as diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, and high cholesterol are also becoming more common due to the increase in our weight.  Many people are looking for solutions to their weight issues that do not involve surgery.  In other countries, patients have numerous options to choose from in the arena of non-surgical weight management, but in the United States options have been limited until now, as the FDA has approved the intra gastric balloon for use in patients with a BMI of 30-40.  The gastric balloon is different than any other weight loss tool we’ve seen until now, as it is not a stand-alone diet, it’s not surgery, and it’s not a diet pill.  Click here to watch Dr. Curry’s gastric balloon infosession!


Orbera Intra-Gastric Balloon

Orbera Intra-Gastric Balloon

The Orbera Managed Weight Loss System is an intra gastric balloon that helps you with your portion size, fullness, and hunger.  It’s a soft, flexible, expandable device that is placed non-surgically, with an endoscopy under sedation.  An intensive follow-up program for the next 12 months will help patients lose on average 25-50 lbs.  The gastric balloon works by taking up space in your stomach, so when you start eating it takes a lot less food to make you feel full.  After the procedure your hunger also will also be reduced because your stomach feels like it has food in it, when it is actually empty except for the gastric balloon.  The US Orbera clinical trial showed 40% excess body weight loss, and Orbera patients lost 3.1x more weight than patients in the medical weight loss arm of the trial.

6 months into the program, the Orbera intra gastric balloon is taken out, again with a non-surgical procedure.  Patients are followed closely by our team for another 6 months to ensure development of necessary behaviors to keep the weight off.

Gastric balloons have been in use word-wide for many years, and have an excellent safety profile and the procedure does not involve any incisions.  The Orbera Managed Weight Loss System has been approved by the FDA and we are pleased to be the first practice in Cincinnati, Columbus, or Dayton to offer it!


ReShape Duo

Gastric Ballon Reshape Duo

The Reshape Duo Intra Gastric Balloon

The ReShape Duo Balloon is a dual-balloon system and was just recently approved by the FDA for use in  the United States.

The ReShape balloon offers dual-balloon technology with the theory that it could cause earlier fullness and better hunger control.

Dr. Trace Curry and Dr. Tracy Pitt are now offering consultations for this procedure.  Schedule in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Columbus, or Dayton today!  Insurance does not cover this procedure but it is being offered an an introductory rate of $6500 for Orbera and $7000 for ReShape, which includes insertion, removal, and a 12 month monitored weight loss program.  Financing is available through Prosper Healthcare Lending.


100 thoughts on “Orbera Gastric Balloon

    1. Yes it should be a perfect option as long as your BMI is over 30. There is a BMI calc on our home page LoseWeightCincy.com

      Or if you give me a number and I’ll have someone call you to discuss in more detail.

      Dr. Curry

    1. Yes we are now offering ReShape consults, and we are doing our first cases next week. It is currently $500 more than Orbera, so $7000 for the 12 month program. But until Dec 31’st we are running a $500 special. If you would like to make an appointment just call 513-559-1222 option 1.

      Dr. Curry

  1. I had gastric bypass surgery in 2000. I have gained back 75 of the 110 lbs I lost. Would I be a candidate for the balloon? Does insurance pay any of the cost if you have high blood pressure or other weight related conditions?

  2. Im at 33 BMI I have thyroid issues would this be a good choice? I was thinking about a lap band. I would need to loose at least 50lbs

    1. Yes a balloon could be a great option, just request an appointment online and I’ll have someone call you to discuss.

      Dr. Curry

    1. Unfortunately not, but we do have financing through Prosper Health (just click on “financing options” to the right). You can also use a flexible healthcare spending account.

      Dr. Curry

  3. Why affter six month you have to take the balloon off?why you don’t keep in Theri for every ?and how much I have to pay?rigth now weight 135bl because I am on the diet bill for 3year

    1. You have to take it out after six months because the risk of balloon rupture starts to increase. An Orbera is $6500 and includes a 12 month weight loss program.

      Dr. Curry

    1. No there is no room for a balloon in someone with a sleeve. The best surgical option would be conversion to a bypass.

      Dr. C

  4. Will Insurance be covering this in the near future? I have many health conditions documented by my doctor…diabetes, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, etc…

    1. Insurance companies are hard to predict Sharon, wish I could tell you more! At the very soonest it would be a couple years I’d say.

      Dr. Curry

  5. I am 5.0 196lbs tried eveything. What would be a better procedure, lap band or the gastric balloon. Do you have.more information available?

    1. It depends on many factors Sara, best bet would be to talk to one of our patient service reps. Just call 513-259-2555

      Dr. Curry

  6. I see alot of comments on here of patients that have had the Gastric Bypass and have gained weight back. Does the stomach eventually stretch causing the weight gain? Is there any kind of re- tightening the stomach that can be done?

    1. Sometimes the pouch can stretch leading to weight gain. There is a procedure that my partner, Dr. Pitt, dose called Overstitch. Just type it into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the home page and you’ll find more info.

      Dr. Curry

  7. Was wondering I have Humana health care insurance for people with low income. How can I find out if this insurance covers this procedure. Im 5`3 and weigh 284.e

    1. Hi Paula,
      Unfortunately, since gastric balloon is such a new procedure, it isn’t covered by any insurance companies.

      Dr. Curry

  8. I am 54 yrs old and my son is 30 yrs old. I need to loose 50lbs and he needs to lose 150lbs. Would you recommend this procedure for us he is diabetic but I am not? I was hoping if he lost 50lbs it would encourage him to lose more weight. He is not comfortable with the surgical technique. Once the balloon is removed after the 6 months can another one be inserted after the six month follow up for further weight loss?

    1. 50 lbs is reasonable for a balloon, 150 lbs is unlikely. Serial balloons can be inserted, this has been done outside the US.

      Dr. Curry

  9. My BMI is 42, am I still eligible for the balloon procedure? I am 5’6 264 and really have no other health issues other than asthma.

    1. Yes Amy, the balloon can be used in patients with a BMI over 40. It is considered off-label use so the patient just needs to be informed that the FDA approved the device for patients with a BMI of 30-40, so using it outside of that is not FDA approved. Would you like to make an appointment for a consult?

      Dr. Curry

    1. Hi Shawna – there is a ton of information on the site. If you’ve already looked at it, call 513-259-2555 to speak to someone who can answer any remaining questions.

      Dr. Curry

  10. I am 55 year old ,i have high blood pressure, along with bad chlosteral I have had lipo done 8 years ago ,I am 4’11 weight 164 lbs,I would like to lose 45-50lbs,will the balloon be good for me?

    1. Yes most likely a balloon would be a great option for you. Just call 513-259-2555 and Marcy, Angie, or Chrysta can talk to you in more details about your options!

      Dr. Curry

    1. It’s half the cost of weight loss surgery, Teresa, yet the device costs over $2000, plus there is a procedure for both insertion and removal, as well as 12 dietitian visits.

      Dr. Curry

  11. I’ve never heard of this before. I see how it would help you lose weight though, because less space in the stomach, would mean less hunger! What happens if it collapses though? Can they still get it out?

    1. Early rupture rate is pretty rare but has been reported. It’s easy enough to remove if it happens, the danger is if it is not removed soon enough it could possibly get out of the stomach and cause a bowel obstruction. This is why most doctors put blue dye in there, so if it leaks the patient would know it as it would turn their urine blue.

      Dr. Curry

  12. I would like more information regarding this procedure? What if this procedure was being used to treat a chronic condition such as RA.. will insurance assist?

    1. Hi Amy – insurance won’t assist with gastric balloon regardless of the reason. It will take years, if ever, before they cover. I’ll have someone contact you with more info.

      Dr. Curry

  13. Hello Dr Curry
    I know the removal of the lap band is ABOUT $3500. My question is, you would pay removal and the cost of the ballon?

    Thank You
    Shelly

    1. We can’t do a band removal and balloon placement in the same operation, there would have to be 2-3 months in between.

      Dr. Curry

  14. If serial balloons are inserted for persons with a BMI over 40, does the cost increase since it will be done in the same procedure? Is the Obera inserted twice or would the reshape be what is used or 2 of them? Additionally, the fact that for over a BMI is not FDA approved means what to me? Just that they don’t guarantee the effectiveness or results? or what? Lastly, why wont insurance cover this procedure since it too helps with weightloss?

    1. There is a slight discount on a 2nd balloon as there is one less anesthetic involved. The companies that make the balloons only requested approval for BMI 30-40. This doesn’t meant that it doesn’t work for patients with a BMI over, just that nobody has asked the FDA yet. Lastly, as you probably know, insurance companies frequently don’t cover obesity related treatments, especially new ones.

      Dr. C

  15. Is there a way to decrease cost upfront by paying for the dietician and online weightloss access monthly so I could use my HSA? Financing is not available for me.

  16. Hello Dr. Curry
    You do wonderful work by the way my co worker looks amazing after having the gastric sleeve. I have a BMI of 60. I’m extremely scared of surgery and really like the sound of the balloon. I’ve contacted your office several times only to back out because of the scariness of surgery. Would the balloon benefit me at all since my BMI is so high?

    1. Thanks for the kudos Elizabeth!

      While a sleeve would be a better option for a patient with a BMI of 60, losing 30-50 lbs would definitely benefit your health. We do have a BMI limit of 55 at our center however, so we’d have to get some pre-procedure weight loss first.

      Dr. Curry

  17. I am 260 and wanna lose at least 60 lbs what is my best bet I don’t want any thing surgical like gastric bypass or sleeve ? will I be able to lose the weight without weight loss surgery?

    1. Claudine if you don’t want surgery, your best bet for losing 60 lbs would probably be a gastric balloon. Just call 513-259-2555 and one of our patient service reps can answer all your questions.

      Dr. Curry

  18. I have a BMI of 60, I don’t want gastric by pass or lapban, however this balloon procedure looks doable. Can you do this for someone with a BMI of 60?

    1. I wouldn’t deny you a balloon it would just be considered off-label use and you have to be ok with target weight loss for balloons of 30-50 pounds.

      Dr. Curry

    1. Yes you can have a balloon if you have GERD as long as it is not severe. No particular balloon preference, either one is fine. Sometimes GERD can worsen afterwards, however.

      Dr. Curry

  19. Hello,
    I see the target weight loss for the Orbera is 30-50 lbs. What is the target for the Reshape Duo?
    After 6 months can you get another balloon/Reshape for an additional 30-50 lbs? If so, would there be any kind of discount?
    I have been to several seminars (elsewhere, as You were just recommended to me), I am really interested in the sleeve. I have 80-100 lbs to loose. My BMI is 38-39
    If I choose the sleeve how long from the start to the finish procedure?

    Thank you

    1. ReShape target weight loss is the same, 30-50 lbs. Another balloon can be done a month later, typically we see 20-30 lbs with second balloon. For 80-100 pounds I would probably go with sleeve. For an insurance patient it’s usually 3-6 months. For a self pay patient usually 6-8 weeks. If you’d like to make an appointment just click on the right hand side of the screen!

      Dr. Curry

    1. Hi there, we do require payment in full prior to the procedure but we offer financing through Prosper, and you can also use flexible healthcare spending accounts.

      Dr. C

  20. Hi my bmi is 27, I do have a history of thyroid disease. Do you perform off label surgeries? I’m reading that I wouldn’t meet criteria for the surgery

    1. Hi we do off-label procedures in some cases, but we cannot do a weight loss procedure of any kind on a patient with a BMI under 30.

      Dr. Curry

  21. Does your BMI have to be under 40 for the balloon? I’d like to do it but I’m over 40. The other options scare me due to the severity of the procedure and anticipated recovery time.

  22. I’ve with the ups and downs of weight gain and weight loss. normally I go to the doctor and he prescribes me phentermine and I get down 15-20 pounds. This time I have only lost 10. I’m 5’5 147-149 could I get the ballon to loose 15-20 pounds? I know it would possibly be considered off label.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      We just did an analysis on our patients and found the early removal rate to be lower with ReShape, so that is what we are recommending at this point.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

  23. Hi I have four auto immunes, IBS and high BP. Are there risks with this procedure especially with my auto-immunes? I’m afraid my body would try to fight off the balloon as a “foreign object” and send my already depleted immunity system haywire. What do you think?

    1. Hi there. The balloon is inside your stomach, your body does not attack foreign objects in there fortunately so it shouldn’t be an issue.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

  24. can I get this balloon pill if 8 yrs ago I had the gastic sleeve? I know my stomach has enlarged but need to loose some weight due to medical issues thank you

    1. Balloons can’t be done on patients who have had prior bariatric surgery. For additional weight loss, conversion to a gastric bypass or SIPS could be a potential option however.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

  25. Is overs balloon weight loss procedure covered under primary insurance Medicare and secondary united healthcare? Or do you have a payment plan?

    1. Balloon is not covered by any insurance. We do have financing options, call 513-259-2555 and they can help you more.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

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