How It Works

The ORBERA program is powerful and effective. It’s also very simple. It consists of a two-part plan – the ORBERA gastric balloon itself, and six months of professional, compassionate coaching. Ultimately, it gives you incredible results that you can actually see.


ORBERA is a weight loss balloon – a gastric balloon that is placed in your stomach, and then inflated to take up room and help you feel full and satisfied with less food. It is FDA approved and safe, and capable of delivering powerful results that last well after the balloon is removed.

The gastric balloon will remain in your stomach for just six months out of the 12-month program. Throughout the entire program, you’ll benefit from coaching and encouragement from our professional team as they help you learn and establish healthy habits that will transform your life. After the balloon is removed, you’ll continue to receive coaching for another six months.

How Is ORBERA Placed and Removed?

The placement procedure is nonsurgical, which means there are no incisions, no recovery time and no scarring to worry about. It takes between 20 and 30 minutes, and involves the use of light sedation while the deflated balloon is placed in your stomach. The balloon is then inflated using saline to ensure complete safety, until it reaches roughly the size of a grapefruit.

Once filled, the balloon will sit in your stomach until the end of your initial six-month period. When the balloon is ready to be removed, you’ll be given a light sedative once more, and the balloon will be gently deflated and removed from your stomach without any surgery.

Because both the placement and removal procedures do not require surgery, there is no recovery time. You simply wait until the sedative has worn off and can go about your regular activities the same day.

Simple. Fast. Effective.

Is the Gastric Balloon the Only Thing Needed?

While the ORBERA weight loss balloon is a vital component, it is only one part of the program. The balloon takes up space in your stomach, making you feel full and satisfied. This decreases food cravings, as well as limiting the amount you can eat at one time.

We combine the balloon with professional coaching from our outstanding team. You may benefit from working with an exercise physiologist, a dietician and a psychologist to help address unhealthy lifestyle habits, and build healthy ones. Our team will help you stay motivated, eating right, and exercising to build lean muscle mass.

What Results Can You Expect with ORBERA?

At Austin ORBERA, our patients can expect outstanding results. Most of our patients see more than three times the weight loss with ORBERA that they would through only diet and exercise. The most profound weight loss tends to occur during the first three months of the program, giving you visible results to help keep you motivated.

After six months, the gastric balloon is removed, and coaching continues for a full year. Maintaining the changes to your eating habits, as well as continuing to exercise regularly, will help you maintain your weight loss and even lose additional weight during this time, and even after coaching ends.

Safe, effective and powerful, ORBERA can help you achieve lasting weight loss and regain control over your life. Ready to make a change? Contact us today!