Weight loss surgery is life-changing, and we recommend considering these five important questions when talking with your bariatric surgeon prior to surgery.

Is follow-up important? Am I required to participate in a follow-up program?

Yes. The intragastric balloon is not the solution but rather a tool to help change your lifestyle. Taking part in our program will give you the education and support to change your lifestyle and eating habits and give you a better chance for long-term success. Patients who participate in the 6-month program tend to have much better success.

How long does the Orbera® balloon stay in the body?

The intragastric balloon is designed to stay in the stomach for six months. Should Dr. Roller recommend the use of the intragastric balloon for longer than six months, it is necessary that the original intragastric balloon is replaced with a new one. While you are using the intragastric balloon, your doctor will prescribe a course of oral medication to reduce your stomach acid – this may reduce the possibility of stomach irritation and damage to the intragastric balloon.

Will I regain the weight after Orbera® is removed?

It has been shown that, provided you keep to a healthy diet and exercise program, you will have achieved greater weight loss than through dieting alone at 24 months. The balloon takes up space in your stomach, telling your body it is full and thereby helping you eat a sensible portion. The balloon gives you a kick-start to lose your excess weight. If you stick to your new, healthier lifestyle you will be able to maintain your weight loss. For more information and to see if you are a good candidate, please call our office at (877) 445-6460 to schedule an evaluation.

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