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LAPSurgery Australia have been performing surgery for weight loss for over 10 years and have experience with over 4000 patients. We are proud to offer our extensive experience with weight loss to patients requiring the Orbera® System.
Due to the nature of the Orbera® intragastric balloon, it can only be inserted for six months, before being removed.
Our team offer a multidisciplinary approach to helping you achieve your weight loss goals. After obtaining a referral from your General Practioner, you will attend an initial consultation with your surgeon, you will also see our dietititian once prior to the Orbera® intragastric balloon is inserted and twice before the Orbera® intragastric balloon is removed.
The following is general information about the Orbera® but it does not and cannot take the place of detailed discussion with your surgeon. This information is not intended and must not be taken as personal medical advice.
When comparing costs, please be aware that our costs include all of the following:
Please note that Medicare and your private health fund provide NO REBATE for the Orbera® balloon or any part of the costs associated with insertion of the balloon.
The Orbera® intragastric balloon is designed to be inserted into the stomach and inflated to a volume which will restrict the amount you can eat and reduce hunger. It is easily and simply inserted through the mouth under a light anaesthetic. It is performed as a day case procedure in hospital.
The main aim of the Orbera® balloon is to help people with a BMI over 30. To check your BMI, go to our BMI Calculator Page.
There is good evidence that people with this sort of weight problem can, after losing the excess weight, retrain themselves and change their lifestyles to enable the weight loss to be maintained.
The Orbera® intragastric balloon can help patients to shed 10 to 20 kg of weight relatively quickly. It may be used in patients with BMI over 35 as a short term measure when rapid weight loss is critical. An example may be someone requiring urgent hip or knee surgery where the orthopaedic surgeon requires weight loss in the order of 10 to 20 kg before going ahead with the procedure.
The Orbera® intragastric balloon may also be used in patients who are very severely overweight and in need of loss of 20 to 40 kg of weight to make more invasive procedures such as LAP-BAND® to be performed more safely.
In the strongest possible terms we recommend that the balloon be removed after six months. Eventually, the balloon, which is made of silicone, degrades and may burst. Should this happen it can block the intestines and this is obviously a very severe problem which may require urgent major surgery. In fact, we will not perform insertion of an Orbera® intragastric balloon without your written agreement that you will have it removed in six months time.
The Orbera® intragastric balloon can certainly be used for people with a BMI over 35. However, long-term results in this group are not good as weight is usually regained after the balloon is removed. For patients with a BMI over 35 we recommend the LAP-BAND® in most cases. LAPSurgery Australia also offers the operations of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic gastric bypass for suitable patients.
Yes, but we recommend at least four weeks between removal of the first balloon and insertion of the second. Costs of a second balloon will be a little less depending on the degree of ongoing support required. Similar side effects to the first balloon will probably be experienced.
Definitely not! For 3 to 5 days you will be VERY uncomfortable and may experience nausea, vomiting and crampy abdominal pain.
You will be helped through this phase by your doctor and the LAPSurgery Australia nurses with appropriate medication prescribed. In some instances you will need to be admitted to hospital for a few hours or even overnight to be rehydrated with an intravenous drip. The vast majority of patients will be able to return to work within a week.
In most cases, after the first few days, the only sensation you will have is one of fullness and lack of appetite. Normal activity and exercise is unrestricted. In rare cases, the balloon may move from its position in the upper part of the stomach to the lower part and may be felt as an "alien" in the abdomen and this may be associated with some vomiting. By lying on your left side and gently massaging the "alien" it will easily go back to its proper position.
Right: The balloon sits in the stomach decreasing the capacity of the stomach.
The balloon is currently available at the Valley Private Hospital in Mulgrave. In coming months it may be available at Knox Private Hospital in Wantirna and St John of God at Berwick.
It is best to discuss weight management with our team of surgeons and dietitians.
The Orbera® intragastric balloon has a dedicated website with all the information you could possibly need. Please go to www.orberaweightlosssystem.com.au for more information.
A small percentage of patients may not achieve any significant weight loss and some patients may not be able to maintain the weight loss that is achieved at the time the balloon is removed.
If the balloon were to develop a leak, it can deflate and block the intestines. This is rare but a very major problem requiring abdominal surgery. Deflation of the balloon prior to 6 months of it being in place is exceptionally rare but becomes more likely after six months which is why we insist the balloon is removed after six months.
LAPSurgery surgeons are fully trained in the techniques of insertion of the Orbera® intragastric balloon and such an injury is judged extremely unlikely but nevertheless possible.
Whilst this ceases after a few days for most people, a small number of people may experience ongoing symptoms requiring the balloon to be removed.
Some patients will experience quite severe heartburn. In most cases this will be controlled with appropriate medication.
A variety of other possible complications are possible but very rare. For a complete list of possible complications please click here for information, as provided by Allergan, who are the makers of the Orbera® intragastric balloon.
For more information on Obera® related procedures, visit www.orberaweightlosssystem.com.au
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