Everything You Need To Know About Orbera Weight Loss System


Losing weight is an immensely rewarding process but can quickly become frustrating if your diet and exercise plan is not achieving the results you desire. Fortunately, the Orbera® intragastric weight loss system is an effective and FDA-approved non-surgical option for people who are looking for drastic reductions in weight.

Many patients find success using Orbera to achieve significant weight loss goals. On average, Orbera users lose up to three times the weight compared to patients who just try to stick with a dedicated gym plan and eat healthier. 


For people interested in keeping excess weight off permanently – Orbera is here to help. Aside from aiding in the weight loss process, Orbera retrains the brain to form better eating habits and stay away from unhealthy foods, all to prevent shed pounds from coming back. 


Over two decades of research and patient success stories backs Orbera. Keep reading to get an understanding of how the weight loss system works, its use as a successful fat reduction tool, and how you can achieve desired results with the program. 


How Does Orbera Work? 


Orbera is a comprehensive weight loss system that consists of the insertion of a gastric balloon in conjunction with coaching and training to help the body retrain habits and mindsets centralizing around food. 



  • Insertion Of The Balloon: The central part of Orbera is the placement of a temporary soft balloon inside of a patient’s stomach for about six months. The surgeon inserts a gastric balloon with a thin tube running through the esophagus. Filled with a saltwater solution, the balloon expands to fill a portion of the stomach. Placement reduces the capacity of the stomach so people feel fuller faster. The balloon also aids the body with slower digestion of food. The insertion process usually takes around 20-30 minutes and is performed with no incisions. 
  • Rapid Weight Loss And New Eating Habits: Many patients see significant weight loss in the first three months after insertion as the body adjusts to a smaller stomach capacity. During this time, the brain’s hunger response system is naturally altered, which helps people practice better portion control and eat more nutritious foods.

    During this stage, Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa closely works with Orbera patients to support their weight loss journey and help craft dieting and exercise plans that are integral to a healthy lifestyle. Our office closely monitors your body as it loses weight, and most patients can expect to lose between 20-50 pounds at this point in the Orbera program.  
  • The Removal Of The Balloon: Right about six months after the initial insertion, it is time to remove the gastric balloon. The extraction process is very similar to placement after drainage of the salt solution. Patients receive sedation during the 20-30-minute removal process.  
  • Additional Support With A New Diet & Exercise Plan: After balloon removal from the stomach, our team works alongside patients as the stomach gets used to the idea of digesting food without the gastric filler. New diet and exercise plans are made during the final six months of Orbera to keep weight away. Orbera Coach, a digital support tool that can be accessed by a phone or tablet, is introduced at this stage.


How Do I Know If Orbera Is Right For Me?


The Orbera intragastric balloon is suitable for patients who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30-40, which is classified as obese by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Treatment is optimal for patients who have tried more conservative options for weight loss, like supervised diets and behavior modification but have not seen success.


People diagnosed with alcoholism or drug addiction, are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, or are taking certain anti-inflammatory agents without medical supervision are not good candidates for Orbera. 


To see optimal results from the Orbera intragastric balloon, patients must be willing to adhere to medically-supervised diets and behavior modification programs. Regular follow-up visits and correspondence with the surgeon are an essential aspect of treatment. 


Reaching Out To Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa


At the office of Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills IL, a personalized Orbera consultation will include discussion of your weight loss goals and details about treatment steps, all to help you live a longer and more vibrant life. Our team of medical professionals is happy to answer any questions about constructing a healthier life during the Orbera process. 


Contact us today or call 847-367-8815

Keeping the Weight Off After Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck With Orbera

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The decision to get liposuction and/or a tummy tuck can be a momentous choice. Those of you who decide to have these procedures often experience a significant change in how you view their bodies and, by extension, in your feelings about yourself.

However, maintaining these amazing results and one’s weight after the procedure can be a big part of preserving the desired results. Weight maintenance and weight loss can be difficult and can take a lot of effort.

How Does Weight Gain Affect Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck?

It is normal to gain back a little weight after liposuction or a tummy tuck, but too much weight gain can affect the long-term results of both procedures. For example, weight gain after a tummy tuck can cause problems with stretched skin and lack of muscle tone. Individuals who do not change their diet and exercise regimens after liposuction can sometimes see fat appear in other parts of the body, such as the breasts, back, and arms.

How to Keep the Weight Off

The following techniques can help ensure that people eat right and keep the weight off after having one or both of these procedures.

  • A good tip is to drink lots of water. This is almost always a staple of a regular dieting regimen because it will help individuals stay stable after surgery and will boost their ability to lose weight. Drinking more water helps burn more calories while resting, and it can help people feel fuller longer, which is especially beneficial for those who drink a glass of water before meals.
  • It’s also important to eat a balanced diet. Post-surgery patients should avoid eating the same foods every day and try to stay away from processed foods, which are often overloaded with sugar. It’s better to stick to whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and proteins, including lean meats.
  • Another good tip is to eat smaller snacks or meals throughout the day, rather than limiting oneself to three squares. This can help keep one’s energy levels high and avoid the possibility of overeating during one sitting.
  • Finally, controlling stress can be important for maintaining one’s weight after surgery. Stress raises the level of the hormone cortisol, and cortisol can hinder the body’s ability to burn calories, making it more likely to store fat. It can also make a person more likely to reach for unhealthy foods as a de-stressor, so learning to de-stress can help lead to better eating habits. There are different methods of reducing stress levels, including meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, and hot baths.

These are all great ways to maintain a healthy weight after a weight loss procedure like liposuction.

Non-Surgical Weight Loss – Getting Back to Your Post-Op Weight

Sometimes, everyone needs a little extra help, especially with something as difficult as maintaining or losing weight. When this is the case, an Orbera balloon can be extremely helpful.

Orbera is an FDA-approved balloon that is placed in the stomach and inflated with sterile saline solution to create a feeling of fullness, reduce hunger and lose 20-50 lbs. The procedure is extremely simple, noninvasive, and nonsurgical. The whole process only takes about 20 minutes.

Orbera not only reduces hunger pangs, but it also slows down the process of digestion, which ensures that patients aren’t eating more than necessary. It is important to mention that Orbera is not a permanent choice, but kick starts your weight loss — after six months, the balloon is removed, which allows for a lot of flexibility.

The balloon has been shown to help patients lose more than three times the weight than diet and exercise alone. It can also be an effective tool in helping keep weight off after a tummy tuck or liposuction. It can also work for those who have put on weight several years after surgery and are looking to lose 20 to 50 pounds or more without surgery.

It can be very difficult to follow the strict diet and exercise routine that is expected after these procedures, especially for those who have always struggled with weight gain. Orbera makes it easier to avoid unnecessary snacking or overeating, which will help keep the pounds off.

All in all, Orbera is an elegant, easy and noninvasive solution to the issue of weight gain after cosmetic procedures like a tummy tuck or liposuction. Those who have chosen Orbera are often able to retrain the brain to avoid unnecessary overeating and to make permanent changes in their lives without side effects. For full safety information about Orbera, visit their website at www.orbera.com.