How to Prepare for ORBERA™
The ORBERA™ Managed Weight Loss System has recently been approved by the FDA for use in the United States. Americans, who now have access to the same non-surgical weight loss solution that has been effective worldwide for decades, want to know more about ORBERA™. Here is a look at what you can expect from the ORBERA™ intragastric balloon and how a team of specialists will help you ensure results and long-term success.
ORBERA™ is a gastric balloon designed to work in tandem with diet and exercise to boost their effects and jump-start weight loss. Before ORBERA™, you will have a consultation with an ORBERA™ Specialist who will determine your eligibility. Then, if you meet all of the requirements, your Specialist will provide a specific diet plan to prepare your stomach for the balloon.
Your Specialist is part of a support team that also includes dieticians and fitness trainers who will meet with you before the balloon is placed and remain by your side for at least twelve months afterward. This team of experts will assist with diet changes and portion control, exercise programs, and on-going healthy lifestyle choices. The pre-procedure input offered by the specialist team is an important part of the ORBERA™ two-part program.
What to Expect During the First Few Days
ORBERA™ can be placed in about 20-30 minutes without the need for surgery, and most patients can go home the same day. A little nausea and vomiting are normal in the first forty-eight to seventy-two hours after placement, but neither lasts for long. To reduce post-procedure symptoms medications are provided by your Specialist and be sure to drink plenty of water and clear liquids.
Patients are free to eat as soon as they get home, which is why having a support team advise on food choices before ORBERA™ is placed is so important. However, in order for your stomach to adjust to the balloon, it is best to ease yourself onto solid food. Your dietician will assist in developing menu plans as you progress from liquids to solids. Because the most rapid weight loss occurs in the first three months of the program, ensuing immediate adoption of healthy eating sets the stage for ongoing success.
Creating a Healthy Lifestyle
During the six months that ORBERA™ is in place, your support team will help you create a healthy lifestyle that includes building better habits, eating a balanced diet, and finding physical activities that you enjoy. After the first six months, ORBERA™ is removed, but the benefits gained from kick-starting your weight loss remain. Your support team will continue to advise and motivate you for an additional six months. This long-term commitment to supporting healthy living is critical to the success of the ORBERA™ program. With the help of ORBERA™ and a dedicated weight loss team, people lose 3.1 times more weight than those who engage in diet and exercise alone.