ORBERA Intragastric Balloon: A Non-Surgical Weight Loss System

The LifeBridge Health Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Center offers the ORBERA managed weight loss system, a two-part non-surgical method designed for adults with a body mass index of 30 to 40 and who have tried other options for safely losing weight and maintaining weight loss that were unsuccessful.

What is ORBERA?

The ORBERA intragastric balloon is part of a comprehensive 12-month weight loss program designed to achieve effective, motivating results. With ORBERA, patients on average lose three times the weight they would with diet and exercise alone. A soft balloon is placed in the stomach for six months to take up space and help with portion control. For a total of 12 months, patients receive counseling and support from a team of experts including a dietician, nurse practitioner, physicians and support staff.

The procedure: placement And removal

ORBERA Gastric Balloon

Placement of the thin, deflated ORBERA gastric balloon into the stomach is done via a non-surgical outpatient procedure while you are under mild sedation. Once it is in place, the balloon is filled with saline (or salt water) until it becomes about the size of a grapefruit. The procedure typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes and you can go home the very same day. At six months, the balloon is removed (while you are under mild sedation).

What to expect

Weight loss via ORBERA happens rapidly, with the majority of weight loss typically occurring in the first three months of placement. Adjustments to your eating habits and efforts to stay active will greatly influence your results.

Is ORBERA right for you?

ORBERA is for obese adults (body mass index of 30 to 40) who have been unable to lose weight and keep it off. ORBERA may also be beneficial to those who need to lose weight for other surgical procedures. To receive ORBERA, you must be willing to participate in a medically supervised program for 12 months.


  • Non-surgical option
  • Helps promote healthy, long-term habits
  • Helps regulate portion control
  • Three times more effective than diet and exercise alone
  • Access to full-time support staff
  • Proven to keep the weight off even after the balloon is removed
  • FDA approved

What to do next

Want to know more? Watch the ORBERA informational webinar at the top of this page, and then click here to take a brief quiz on what you learned. Then, complete the form below and click the "Submit" button to forward your information to our office. Your information will be reviewed by our team and we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please call our office at 410-601-4486.

Contact the Bariatrics Team

Thank you for your interest in the Bariatrics program at LifeBridge Health. For your convenience, use the form below to contact us. A representative will follow up to discuss more information with you.

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