Nutrition & Weight Loss
Non-Surgical Managed Weight Loss
The Nutrition and Weight Loss Center offers the latest and greatest in bariatric medicine. Recently the FDA approved a non-surgical balloon system called ORBERA. We are excited to offer this alternative to body altering surgery that is proven to increase weight loss results. Patients using ORBERA have been shown to lose 3.1x as much weight as those employing diet and exercise alone.
What is the Gastric Balloon?
The ORBERA intragastric balloon is made of soft, smooth silicone rubber and inflated with saline inside the stomach. Once inflated, it safely takes up about one-third of the stomach. This leads to feeling full more easily when eating.
How Does the Gastric Balloon Work?
ORBERA helps to control your appetite and intake. Over time the body, stomach, and appetite adapt to eating less food. The balloon stays in place for 6 months while you work through an intensive nutrition and weight loss program with your dietitian. The healthy habits you build during this time are the true benefit of this tool and will stay with you for a lifetime of wellness.
The Gastric Balloon and Your Weight Loss Plan
We provide individual attention to each patient and build your program around you. Structured educations keep you engaged in learning while you meet regularly with your physician and the dietitian. Together we tailor your nutrition and physical activity to maximize your metabolism. The goal is to create healthy habits and positive cycles that continue after the balloon is removed.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
Patients who follow the nutrition and physical activity plans can expect to see significant results quickly using ORBERA. Most drop the majority of the weight they ultimately lose in the first three months. The body will naturally adapt to reduced intake and smaller body size by scaling back metabolism. This is why your six-month wellness plan is so important! As the body adapts we must adapt with it if we are to achieve your goals. We commit to providing you with 6 months of intensive wellness support and an additional 6 months of follow up support to make sure you have all help you need to succeed.
Am I a Candidate for the Gastric Balloon?
The intragastric balloon is for adults:
Who have tried more conservative weight loss measures in the past
With a BMI of 30 to 40
Willing to commit to a 12-month nutrition and weight loss program
The FDA has approved intragastric balloons for 6 months of placement. Removal requires a second endoscopic procedure, as quick and easy as the first. After removal you will continue to meet with your physician and dietitian while working through your nutrition and movement educations. We will have built new understanding of how your body works and can continue to dial in your health and wellness.
Is the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon right for you?
We feel strongly that nutrition, movement, and lifestyle choices are at the heart of weight loss and wellness. We offer the ORBERA balloon as an additional tool to use in your weight loss efforts. No procedure is a magic bullet, weight loss requires dedication and effort. We want to help you achieve your goals and believe this new technology is a powerful addition to our offerings.
Please call us at (318) 213-3460 to learn more or contact us here.
We look forward to meeting you and helping you work toward your goals!
Linked below is more information about ORBERA and details about who qualifies.