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Gastric Balloon

Removable gastric balloon helps you eat less to lose weight without invasive surgery.

A safe, non-surgical, non-invasive, non-permanent, incision-free weight-loss program

What is a Gastric Balloon?

  • Highly effective, non-surgical medical procedure

  • No stomach cutting, stapling, or banding

  • Lose 3X the amount of weight compared to diet & exercise alone

  • 12 month medically managed support program to keep the weight off long term

  • A great way to jump start a new, healthy lifestyle

How does it work?

  • Before deciding on any treatment you will have a free consultation to discuss your goals and what type of results we can achieve for you. We will talk about your current BMI and set objectives so you can get the weight off quickly and jump start your healthier lifestyle.  We will also schedule your complementary non-invasive baseline liver FibroScan.


  • Candidates for the gastric balloon are typically within a BMI range of 30-40 and trying to lose 20-40 pounds. However, patients with higher BMI seeking greater weight loss may also be good candidates for the gastric balloon. This can only be determined during the consultation. After your consultation, you will have a clear understanding of what to expect during your 12-month program and be on the path to a slimmer and healthier you.

  • During your treatment, the gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach from the esophagus and filled with a saline solution once in place. This quick, 15 minute outpatient procedure is done under a mild sedative without the need for general anesthesia. Your treatment will take place in our private outpatient surgery center. After the gastric balloon is placed, you may experience nausea or discomfort while your stomach adjusts to the balloon but you may return to normal activities in the first few days.

  • The Orbera™ gastric balloon retrains your stomach and makes it easier to practice portion control and intake fewer calories. Gastric balloon is removed at 6 months. The removal process is just as simple; it is an outpatient procedure that takes about 20 minutes without a long downtime or recovery process.

  • You will continue your support program for 6 more months under the guidance of medical professionals. This is essential for long lasting results. 

Is a gastric balloon right for me?

Orbera is the #1 weight-loss balloon in the world with over 300,000 procedures performed.

  • The gastric balloon may be right for you if you have struggled with excess weight and are ready to make a life change without the drastic step of bariatric surgery.

  • If excess weight is causing health related issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, fatty liver/NASH.

  • If excess weight is impacting your energy levels 

  • If excess weight is reducing your confidence or negatively impacting your social life.

  • You are not pregnant, breastfeeding or plan to become pregnant within six months

  • If you want to avoid a major surgical procedure such as the gastric sleeve which involves permanently cutting and stapling of the stomach.                                                             

  • If you are committed to following a 12-month support program.

To see if Orbera™ gastric balloon is the right treatment for you, schedule a complimentary virtual consultation today and learn more about what Dr. Zheng can do for you.

For full safety information, download the Orbera Patient Information Booklet


What can I expect?

Consultation: You will meet with Dr. Zheng to discuss goals and evaluate your eligibility for Orbera – ideally BMI of 30-40. A higher or lower BMI may also be suitable. Calculate your BMI here.

  • Complementary baseline Liver FibroScan

  • Balloon placement: Dr. Zheng will place you under IV sedation and take about 15 minutes to place the deflated balloon in your stomach. She then fills it with a saline solution to take up space in your stomach.

  • Learning new habits: Over the next 6 months, your digestion will slow down so that you eat smaller portions. You will begin to see noticeable results 1-2 months after placement of the balloon. A dietitian team will coach you during 6 monthly follow-up sessions/calls.

  • Complementary Liver FibroScan @ 6 months

  • Balloon removal: 6 months later, the procedure is performed in reverse to deflate and extract the balloon.

  • Continued support & coaching: follow a personalized diet and exercise program for 6 more months.  This will prevent relapse and help you with your healthy eating habits for many many years.

  • Complementary Liver FibroScan @ 12 months

Your Orbera benefits at a glance:

  • Your procedure is minimally-invasive

  • You will be able to return to your day-to-day activities as early as the next day

  • You can expect to lose 20-50 lbs or more

  • You will be able to take control of the way you eat

  • Our prices are all-inclusive without any hidden fees or surcharges

  • At an additional cost, you can access Apollo Care, a tool that gives you convenient access to a virtual support team of nutritionists and dietitians via your phone or tablet.  Alternatively, you can join our Lean & Health membership program to have all the support onsite in our office.

  • Orbera is ideal for BMIs between 30 and 40; use CDC BMI Calculator to find your BMI.

Let’s Work Together

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Lending a Helping Hand

Compared to other costly weight loss options, Orbera®’s weight loss program helps you learn to keep the weight off.

Orbera® works, because it gets to the root of the problem

— Your eating habits.


The gastric balloon is inserted orally through your esophagus and placed directly into your stomach during a quick, non-surgical procedure. There is no need for any incisions, stitches or scars.


After the first six months of the weight loss program the stomach balloon is carefully removed and the aftercare program continues.

Orbera® is more than a balloon.

It's a year-long program for helping you lose weight by changing your habits.

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Placing the balloon

The entire non-surgical, outpatient procedure takes about 20 minutes.

First, a diagnostic endoscopy is done to ensure that it is safe to perform the procedure. Once you are mildly sedated and comfortable, the procedure can begin.

The deflated gastric balloon is inserted through the esophagus and into your stomach. A syringe is then used to fill the balloon, with a sterile saline solution, to about the size of a grapefruit.

Removing the balloon

After you’ve had six months to change the way you eat and work with the support team to improve your nutrition, the balloon is removed. The simple and non-surgical procedure is very similar to the placement process, only taking 20 minutes.

c balloon is inserted orally through your esophagus and placed directly into your stomach during a quick, non-surgical procedure. There is no need for any incisions, stitches or scars.

With Orbera®,
you learn portion control.

The technology and design of the Orbera® balloon helps patients lose up to 3.1x2 the weight of diet and exercise alone. It is placed temporarily in your stomach for six months and can help patients lose 48% more than other FDA-approved gastric balloons.

Success stories

They lost the weight and now they’re keeping it off

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