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