Because of the fast pace of life, we are used to living, it seems easy to say that your health should come first, but is it really that simple?
Losing weight is a big challenge, especially if you have tried diets and exercises without getting results. Definitely, one of the most complicated things is when you feel the desire to eat, especially exaggerated amounts of food. It’s your body asking to go back to your old habits, preventing you from moving forward in your weight loss goal.
If this is precisely your case, and you are looking for a weight loss procedure, let me tell you that nowadays you can find a non-surgical device that helps you not only to lose weight but also to feel satisfied with your food portions and to reach your ideal weight.
In this opportunity, we are going to talk about the non-surgical gastric balloon, how it works, and the price of the procedure.
What is a gastric balloon?
A gastric balloon is known as a non-surgical, minimally invasive, and affordable option used for weight loss.
One of the most recognized and requested options in the market is Orbera® because it is a balloon that guarantees your safety and the efficacy of the procedure.
How does the ORBERA® balloon work for weight loss?
The ORBERA® balloon is an outpatient procedure that is performed in a short time, in fact, it usually lasts about 30 minutes, even in the surgeon’s office.
First of all, at the beginning of the procedure, you will be lightly sedated while the doctor inserts the endoscope that will go down your throat to place the deflated Orbera® balloon. The balloon is then inflated with saline solution to the size it is designed for.
This procedure helps with weight loss, since the Orbera® balloon takes up space inside the stomach, so you can only eat about 1/3 of the food you used to eat. It helps your stomach feel full with smaller portions of food, making weight loss more effective.
How much weight can you lose with the Orbera® balloon?
Weight loss could be anywhere from 40 pounds to 100 pounds depending on the type of metabolism your body manages, combined with a proper nutrition and exercise plan.
However, if you do not change your habits and lifestyle for a healthier one, you will not get as good results. A primary factor to really see weight loss is to combine the procedure with a balanced diet and exercise.
Are there any known side effects of the Orbera® balloon?
A percentage of patients experience some nausea and stomach discomfort after the gastric balloon is placed for the first time. This is most likely due to the fact that the Orbera® gastric balloon is filled with saline.
However, as the days go by, these symptoms fade away as your body adapts to the gastric balloon.
How long does the Orbera® balloon treatment last?
Often, the cost of the gastric balloon includes the specialized help you will receive for 12 months. That is, after the gastric balloon insertion procedure, the Orbera® balloon remains in the stomach temporarily for only 6 months; however, after this time it will be removed by the specialist, but you will receive psychological counseling and nutritional support for one year.
Is the Orbera® balloon covered by insurance?
So far, in the United States and Puerto Rico, the most important insurance companies do not include the costs of gastric balloon procedures.
This is because this procedure is considered an aesthetic resource rather than a procedure to treat obesity.
Many insurers take a long time to adapt to new medical applications, which is why the Orbera® balloon is not covered by insurance.
However, to facilitate the process, a number of bariatric surgery centers offer low-cost financing programs, as long as you meet certain requirements so that you can afford to pay for the procedure.
If you have FSA/HSA flexible spending, you may also be able to use it to lower the cost of the gastric balloon.
What is the price of the Orbera® balloon?
The price of the Orbera® gastric balloon, depending on the location in the United States, may vary, this is because it depends on the different clinics where the procedure is performed.
It is essential that you are clear about what affects the price of the gastric balloon before selecting the bariatric surgeon with whom you will have your bariatric surgery.
- Does it include the cost of the Orbera balloon, that is, the insertion process and the removal of the balloon?
- Does it include the sedation process?
- Do they comply with the 12-month program, as well as routine visits?
As published on The Bariatric Surgery Source website, the approximate price for the Orbera balloon procedure in the United States is $8,248.
Approximate cost of the Orbera® balloon vs. bariatric surgery?
What is the price of a gastric balloon in Puerto Rico?
The cost of the gastric balloon in Puerto Rico changes according to the state and the surgeon. But we have financing options with Care Credit, Banco Popular, Caribe Federal and we accept Visa and MasterCard credit cards.
If you want to know more about this procedure, or you consider that you may be a suitable candidate for this procedure, please contact Innova Weight Loss Solutions, or you can send us your phone number to coordinate an appointment, or you can call us at 787-946-5215 or 787-925-2225.