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
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!
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.