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Orbera Weight Loss Balloon

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WakeMed is pleased to partner with Dr. Christopher McGowan to offer our patients the Orbera procedure.

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What is Orbera?

The Orbera Managed Weight Loss System is a completely non-surgical procedure that helps patients who need support jump-starting their weight loss.  Through the placement of a single silicon balloon into the stomach, the Orbera approach helps patients feel full faster and eat smaller amounts of food over a six-month period.

Performed in the Advanced Gastrointestinal Center at WakeMed Cary Hospital, the procedure is simple and easy and is performed by a board-certified gastroenterologist, who places a thin, deflated balloon in the stomach through the esophagus (using endoscopy).  The balloon is inflated with saline until it’s approximately the size of a grapefruit – which will sit on your stomach to provide a sense of satiety and facilitate weight loss. The outpatient procedure is performed under mild sedation and takes just 10-15 minutes.  Your gastroenterologist will remove the balloon six months after placement in the same manner it was placed.

How Much Weight Will I Lose?

Most patients lose between 20-50 pounds with the Orbera, but some lose as much as 70 pounds. According to Orbera, the average person loses 3x more weight with Orbera than they would with diet and exercise alone.