ORBERA®

About

The ORBERA® Managed Weight Loss System is a non-surgical procedure that helps patients initiate and maintain long-term weight loss. The procedure places a small silicone balloon into the stomach, which takes up space so you feel full faster and consume smaller portions of food.

Who It's For

ORBERA® works well for moderately overweight individuals who haven’t succeeded with diet and exercise and want to break through weight loss barriers without surgery.

How The Procedure Works

Under mild sedation, a board-certified gastroenterologist endoscopically places the thin, deflated balloon in place in the stomach through the esophagus. The balloon is then inflated with saline until it’s about the size of a grapefruit. This non-surgical and painless outpatient procedure takes about 10-15 minutes. After six months, the balloon is removed the same way it was placed.

How Much Weight You’ll Lose

The average person loses 3x more weight than with exercise and diet alone. In the U.S. clinical study, patients lost an average of 21.8 lbs, but motivated patients may lose far more, especially as you see the pounds come off quickly after balloon placement. At True You, the average weight loss is between 30 and 50lbs, though our patients have lost as much as 110lbs. Best of all, you’re likely to keep the weight off as we partner together over the next 12 months with comprehensive diet, exercise, nutrition, and behavioral counseling to provide support and ensure long-term results.

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Why Choose True You for ORBERA®?

Endoscopic Expertise
Dr. McGowan, a board-certified gastroenterologist and endoscopist, is a leader and educator in the field of endoscopic weight loss, and regularly trains physicians from around the nation in the technique of intragastric balloon placement. He has helped more than 300 patients succeed with ORBERA®, ensuring that his patients will achieve the absolute best results.
Bariatric Excellence
WakeMed Cary Hospital, where Dr. McGowan performs ORBERA® procedures, is an accredited Comprehensive Center for Bariatric Surgery, Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, and Cigna Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery. Though your ORBERA® is a same-day, outpatient procedure, you will have the backing of a comprehensive, knowledgeable, and award-winning bariatric center.
24/7 Physician Access
Whether you live in North Carolina, or are traveling from another state, you will receive the highest level of concierge care, with 24/7 direct access to your physician via personal cell phone, text, email, and video chat. We remain committed to your success throughout your weight loss journey.
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Pricing

ORBERA® 

$6,995

  • Initial Physician Consultation
  • Comprehensive Bariatric Nutrition Consultation
  • ORBERA® Procedures (inclusive of all facility, anesthesia, and physician fees)
  • 12-Months One-on-One Nutrition Counseling
  • 24/7 Direct Physician Access
  • Post-Procedure Nurse Visit With IV Hydration
  • Physician-Guided Weight Loss Medication Program
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Self-Pay Pricing
Many of our patients simply don’t want surgery. At the same time, they feel hopeless because the lifestyle modifications of diet and exercise simply aren’t effective. True You provides solutions when you feel as though you’re out of options. While the ORBERA® procedure is not covered by insurance, we offer several financing options.
Traveling From Out of State?
Patients have traveled to True You for more than 45 states and 8 countries. Raleigh-Durham International Airport is only 10 minutes from True You Weight Loss. We also have made arrangements with several local hotels for your convenience. Our travel resources, along with recommendations from our program director, will position you for success.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR ORBERA®?

The ORBERA® weight loss program is designed for obese adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40 kg/m2, who have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise.

WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ORBERA®?

You are not eligible for ORBERA® if you have had prior stomach or bariatric surgery, including hiatal hernia repair, lap band, or gastric bypass.
You are not eligible if you use anti-inflammatory medications (such as aspirin or ibuprofen) on a daily basis.
You are not eligible if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

DOES INSURANCE COVER IT?

No, insurance does not cover the ORBERA® balloon, but we offer financing options.

WHY DOESN’T INSURANCE COVER IT?

At this time, it is considered a “cosmetic” procedure, even though weight loss can be expected to reduce your risk of other serious health issues.

WHEN WAS THIS PROCEDURE APPROVED BY THE FDA?

August 6, 2015

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

Both the balloon insertion and removal take approximately 20 minutes.

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT THAN BARIATRIC SURGERY?

ORBERA® is a completely non-invasive, reversible weight loss treatment. The balloon is removed after six months and does not permanently alter your anatomy. It is performed under sedation but not general anesthesia (no ventilator is required).

HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO COME IN TO THE OFFICE AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

You will be seen by your physician approximately 1-2 weeks after your balloon is placed.
You will meet with your dietician once each month for the entire 12-month treatment program. These sessions may be conducted in person, or via video conference (telemedicine) from the comfort of your home. Your physician will be available to see you throughout the treatment period, though we do not require mandatory office visits on a set schedule.

WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO HAVE THE BALLOON IN MY STOMACH?

Many people say it feels like they’ve eaten a large meal immediately after the procedure. You may experience nausea, cramping, and sometimes even vomiting in the first few days after placement, as the stomach is getting used to the balloon. After a few weeks, the ability to “tell” where the balloon is goes away. It is not noticeable during exercise, according to our patients.

CAN YOU SEE THE BALLOON IN THERE? 

No, the balloon is not visible from the outside.

HOW MUCH WEIGHT WILL I LOSE?

Weight loss is rapid, with most weight loss occurring in the first 3-4 months. It is important for you to understand that the balloon is a tool to aid weight loss and must be used in conjunction with a diet, exercise, and behavior modification program. The amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how closely you follow your diet and adopt long-term lifestyle changes. In studies, people lost an average of 13% of their body weight at 6 months, and people with the balloon lost 3 times the weight of those on a diet and exercise program alone. That means that if you weigh 250 pounds, you would be reasonably expected to lose about 32 pounds. The range of weight loss depends on the person and their motivation. In general, patients in our program lose an average of 30-50 pounds.

WILL I KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF?

Long term success after ORBERA® will depend on whether you make the appropriate lifestyle and diet changes during the 12-month treatment program. The balloon itself is a very effective tool to promote weight loss, and 6 months is sufficient for most patients to sustain the behavioral changes they make. The overall program is 12 months long, so that we can monitor you and make sure that you continue to succeed after the balloon is removed. Studies show that most patients continue to lose weight for 3 months after the balloon is removed, then maintain their weight loss for the following year. After 1 year, a small percentage of patients may begin to regain weight.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T LOSE AS MUCH WEIGHT AS I WANT, OR IF MY WEIGHT LOSS IS SLOWER THAN EXPECTED?

We will closely monitor your progress during the ORBERA® treatment program to ensure that your weight loss in on track. If, despite optimizing your diet and exercise, you still need further assistance, we may recommend weight loss medications (pharmacotherapy) under the guidance of your treating physician. These medications can greatly enhance your weight loss, when used in conjunction with an ORBERA® balloon.

CAN I HAVE THE ORBERA® BALLOON A SECOND TIME?

Yes. If for some reason you do not reach your weight loss goals following your initial ORBERA® treatment, it is possible to be treated again with an ORBERA® balloon. We would first assist you in addressing any underlying dietary, exercise, or behavioral factors that may have contributed to your insufficient weight loss.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF THE PROCEDURE?

Gastric balloons have been used in the management of obesity for over 20 years. Over this time they have evolved in shape, size, and design, resulting in a modern, durable product, which is now well established as a safe weight loss procedure. Over 300,000 ORBERA®® balloons have been placed worldwide. The risk of a serious side effect is about 1 in 10,000. Potential serious side effects include stomach ulceration, balloon deflation, bowel obstruction, intestinal perforation, and death.

WHAT IS THE CHANCE THAT THE BALLOON WILL DEFLATE IN THE STOMACH?

Balloon deflation is a rare event, typically related to a balloon that has been in the stomach for over 6 months. This event is estimated to occur in 0.3% of patients (3 out of every 1000 patients).

CAN I EXERCISE WITH THE ORBERA® BALLOON IN MY STOMACH?

Yes! Exercise is one of the keys to succeeding. We recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise 5 days each week, and ideally a total of 60 minutes, 5 days a week. You can do any type of exercise you like, including walking, running, swimming, weight training, aerobics, kickboxing, even Crossfit! Our patients do every type of exercise you can think of. There are no restrictions.

CAN I TRAVEL OR FLY?

Yes, there are no travel restrictions with ORBERA®. The balloon is not affected by altitude, so it is safe to travel by plane.

CAN I DO SIT-UPS AND ABDOMINAL EXERCISES?

Yes! The balloon is not affected in any way by abdominal exercises, so feel free to train your core. The balloon is protected by your stomach and abdominal wall and won’t be harmed by any type of routine abdominal exercise or activity.

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