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Help! I'm Struggling to Lose Weight

You have to be frustrated if you’re one of the estimated 45 million people in the United States on a diet in any given year -- but you just aren’t successful. Maybe you lose some weight only to gain it back, or perhaps the scale doesn’t budge at all. 

Losing weight isn’t easy, but we can help. At Digestive Disorders Associates, the board-certified gastroenterology team offers the Orbera™ Intragastric Balloon System that helps you lose more than three times the weight you can lose with diet and exercise alone.

Plus, Orbera doesn’t require surgery and the balloon isn’t permanent. Rather, it gives you the headstart you need as you learn to change your habits for successful weight loss and management.

Here’s what you need to know about the Orbera system and why it may be just the solution you need if you’re struggling to lose weight.

How does Orbera help with weight loss?

Orbera is a brand of gastric balloon that is superior to other devices of its type on the market. It’s been shown to help patients lose 48% more than other FDA-approved gastric balloons.

After your gastroenterologist places the balloon, it’s inflated with a saline solution to fill some of the space in your stomach. As a result, your appetite diminishes, and it’s easier for you to control portion sizes. You suffer less hunger and feelings of deprivation as you try to drop pounds.

With Orbera, expect to lose the most weight in the first three months. The balloon remains in place about six months, however, to get you accustomed to consuming smaller portion sizes. 

Once the gastroenterologist removes the balloon, you continue with counseling and dietary support to help you maintain the healthy habits you’ve learned and keep the weight off.

What if I don’t want a surgical solution for weight loss?

Then Orbera is right for you. You don’t have to undergo surgery for the balloon’s placement. Your gastroenterologist inserts the uninflated balloon through your mouth and esophagus and places it directly into your stomach. They use a syringe to fill the balloon to just the right level.

Prior to placing the balloon, we have you undergo a diagnostic endoscopy to make sure it’s safe to perform the procedure. No general anesthesia is needed either – you’re placed under mild sedation so you feel relaxed and comfortable.

Orbera isn’t permanent like some other gastric weight-loss procedures. We remove the balloon after six months and continue to provide you with support and guidance.

Think of the balloon as a tool that helps you learn behaviors and lifestyle changes to support your goal of achieving a slimmer, healthier frame. When patients maintain close communication with our weight-loss support team and implement the habits we recommend, they see a loss of 20-50 pounds (or more).

Am I a candidate for Orbera?

Orbera is available to adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 28-40. You must be willing to commit at least six months, and preferably a year, to the medically supervised program.

Are you ready to stop struggling to lose weight? Contact Digestive Disorder Associates at our office in Annapolis, Maryland, to schedule your consultation and learn more about Orbera. 

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