If you have a BMI of 30 or higher and diet and exercise alone haven’t helped you lose the weight, you may think surgery is your only option. Think again. At Artesia General Hospital, we’re proud to offer another choice to help you meet your weight-loss goals. ORBERA™ is a two-part weight-loss system that offers hope for adults suffering from obesity who want to avoid surgery. ORBERA™ involves a minimally invasive procedure and a customized plan that takes an aggressive yet supportive approach to weight loss.
The program starts with an outpatient procedure to place a soft gastric balloon in your stomach, which makes you feel fuller longer and encourages portion control. But the treatment doesn’t end there. A one-year coaching program helps you keep the weight off. “We like the ORBERA™ system because it offers patients a motivating jump-start on their weight-loss journey without the need for surgery,” Dr. Shahriar Anoushfar, DO, FACS, FACOS, says. “The weight loss is rapid and continues with the support of our weight-loss team. In six months, it can allow for three times the weight loss than with diet and exercise alone.”
WHAT IS A GASTRIC BALLOON?
The ORBERA™ gastric balloon is made of soft, smooth silicone rubber. It is inserted through the esophagus into the stomach using a narrow tube called an endoscope. Once in place, the balloon is filled with a saline solution that expands it to about the size of a grapefruit. “After six months, we remove the balloon through a quick nonsurgical procedure,” Dr. Anoushfar says. “Once the balloon is removed, we continue to support the patient through a diet and exercise program.”
Dr. Anoushfar points out that while ORBERA™ works quickly in the first few months, it isn’t a magic bullet for permanent weight loss. “The gastric balloon is a highly effective catalyst for weight loss, but the work that happens after the balloon is removed is the real game-changer,” he says. “The program helps you establish a lifelong commitment to being healthy and active.”
WHAT TO EXPECT
You can trust that the General Surgery/Gastroenterology team at Artesia General Hospital will be with you every step of the way, so you’re never alone on your weight-loss journey. Here’s what you can expect.
- Rapid weight loss within the first three or four months
- One-on-one coaching and expert nutrition and fitness guidance for up to a year after the procedure
- Ongoing support through office visits with Terah Sexton, PA-C, to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure continued success
Losing weight comes with many health benefits beyond helping you look and feel better, including a reduced risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, remission or reversal of type 2 diabetes and increased self-esteem. To learn more about Artesia General Hospital’s weight-loss services, including the ORBERA™ gastric balloon, call 575.736.8526 or visit our ORBERA page.