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Why ORBERA® is right for your weight loss?

  1. ORBERA® is designed to provide people with a weight loss kick-start & regain a healthy lifestyle.
  2. Helps control hunger, bolster willpower, initiate lifestyle change & lose weight.
  3. ORBERA® - Uses the highest safety rated device available Is ideal for people who tried other weight loss methods & had minimal success.
  4. Clinically proven, supported programme. 

Now that you have completed 6 months of your journey towards health and wellbeing it’s time to remove the ORBERA® balloon and strike out on your own (with a little bit of help from your support team of course).

Removal of the balloon takes around 20-30 minutes, similar to when you had it inserted, and you will remain under the care of your professional health care team for the next 6 months

During the removal procedure, you will be sedated & your doctor will remove the sterile salt water from the balloon before removing the deflated balloon from your stomach.

It is very important that you continue seeing your professional support team on a regular basis during this final 6 months of the program as this will set the foundations for the future.

Important preparations for removal of the ORBERA® balloon:

  • No solid food 24 hours prior to the procedure.
  • No liquids 12 hours prior to the procedure.

Arrange to have assistance when you return home from the clinic.

What results can you expect?

People participating in the ORBERA® Programme can expect significant weight loss in the first 3 months*1-3


The amount of weight you lose and how you maintain that weight loss will depend on how well you adopt lifestyle changes related to eating & exercise.




*Weight Loss varies from person to person. 

1. Herve J et al. What becomes of patients one year after the intragastric balloon has been removed? Obes Surg, 2005;15:864-870

2. Hodson RM et al. Management of obesity with the new intragastric balloon. Obes Surg, 2001;11:327-329

3. Sallet JA et al. Brazilian multicentre study of the intragastric balloon, Obes Surg. 2004;14:991-998  

Too often we do not think we have time to exercise, but all those little activities we do can really add up. Taking the stairs, walking around the mall and parking further from the store all equal a healthier lifestyle.

Book your exercise activity into your week first! By planning for exercise instead of just hoping that you will find the time means that you will have both the time and the energy to do it.

It is too easy for our schedules to fill up so that we end up neglecting ourselves. Make that appointment with yourself & stick to it. You’ll be amazed how much you can put around it if you just put it there first.

Sometimes we have all the good intentions in the world but other things get in the way, such as when pouring rain halts that walk we had scheduled.  When that happens, think of an alternative – do a few laps of the stairs at work or get out & walk around the shopping centre. Or keep a spare gym bag in the car.

If you find yourself with an extra 30 minutes in your day, get out & get active. When you plan ahead you’ll never have an excuse for not getting enough exercise.

In your day planner or on a calendar, record the time & days that you are planning to be active, & then record the result. Be honest about this. The only person you will be cheating is yourself.

Look back over each week & month & see how you are doing.  If there is a time (and there will be) when you find you miss a day or two, commit to making it up the next week.

If you have to miss the week, then commit to making it up over the next two weeks. Stick to the commitments you have made and you will thank yourself for it in the end.

Most of us will focus on goals & not the actions that achieve the goals. Instead of focusing on a goal of losing 2kg, turn your focus to the actions that will get you closer to that goal.  For instance, plan to be active for a minimum of 30 minutes at least 12 times this month.

When you focus on making the actions happen, the results will follow.  When you do follow through on your planned activities find some non-food ways of rewarding yourself.  Book a weekend getaway, or a spa day, or buy some new clothes. This will be a huge motivator on those days when the exercise just seems like too much work.

This is the home stretch, as far as the intragastric (inside the stomach) balloon is concerned.  You’re losing weight.  You’ve adjusted your eating habits & established a realistic exercise regimen in partnership with your support team.

Download Getting Active (PDF).

  • Eat slowly and chew thoroughly.
  • Use small dishes to help with portion control.
  • Always stop eating when you feel full.
  • Gradually introduce a variety of foods into your meals, especially those high in protein like meat, poultry, fish, dairy and eggs.
  • Have a protein-rich food with each meal.
  • Uncooked food should be weighed without the parts you cannot eat.
  • Choose well-cooked vegetables; raw vegetables should be chopped into small pieces.
  • Avoid foods difficult to digest such as raw cauliflower, raw onions and fried foods.
  • Moderate your use of artificial sweeteners and diet soft drinks.
  • Avoid things with high caloric density such as sugar, honey, sweets and lollies, sweet drinks, dried fruits, fat based dressings and nuts.
  • When you are using salad dressing, olive oil is preferred, or try balsamic vinegar instead.
  • Drink at least six glasses of water each day.
  • Remember to sip slowly.
  • Drink one glass of water at least 45 minutes before each meal.
  • Drink two glasses of water 30 minutes after each meal to ‘rinse’ the balloon.
  • During your meals try to drink as little as possible.
  • Drink as few carbonated and caffeinated drinks as possible.
  • Restrict your alcohol consumption.  Half a can of light beer or half a glass of wine each day will account for approximately 200 kilojoules (50 calories).

Important things to remember

  • Avoid eating late at night and do not eat for at least two hours before going to sleep – the balloon tends to move up when you lie down and may cause reflux and nausea.
  • If you do have reflux in the evening avoid coffee, tea, alcohol, tomatoes, oranges or other acidic foods and do not smoke.  If the reflux persists try raising the head of your bed 20cm.
  • In case of vomiting, stop eating for at least two hours then drink a small amount of water and proceed with soft foods as tolerated.
  • Take vitamins and minerals as prescribed.

Over the next six months it will be critical to meet with your doctor to measure your weight-loss progress and your support team for education and training. This period is important to prepare you for maintaining weight loss after the intragastric balloon is removed.

  • Meet regularly with your medical team to stay motivated and committed to the programme.
  • Experience shows that those who attend the scheduled follow-up meetings have the best results.
  • Keep a diary of what you eat and how much you exercise.
  • Make your new nutrition plan a long-term lifestyle change.

Food groups

Foods allowed

Foods to avoid


Water, seltzer, club soda, decaf diet soda, decaf tea, decaf coffee, unsweetened calorie-free drinks, herbal tea, diet iced tea

NOTE: Carbonated beverages are tolerated differently by each ORBERA® System patient while the intragastric balloon is in place.

Regular soda, sweetened juices and beverages, alcohol, caffeinated tea and coffee, all beverages with caffeine


Skim/low-fat milk, low-fat butter- milk, non-fat sugar-free yoghurt

Whole milk, milkshakes, chocolate milk, cream, half-and-half, hot cocoa, non- dairy creamer, regular yoghurt

Meat, fish, eggs, cheese and beans

Broiled/roasted/barbecued/steamed chicken, turkey, fish, veal, lamb, low-fat or non-fat cheeses, eggs and egg substitutes, and beans

Fried meat, fish eggs, frankfurters, sausages, high-fat cold cuts such as bologna, corned beef, pastrami and bacon


All, including diluted or low-calorie fruit juice



All, except those listed in the ‘Foods to Avoid’ column

Intakes greater than 1 cup of parsnips, corn, squash and peas

Grains and Starches

Whole-wheat crackers, brown/grainy bread and toast; mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, rice, soups

Bagels, doughy breads, white bread, waffles, pancakes, croissants, popcorn, high-fat cream soups NOTE: Pasta may not be tolerated by ORBERA®System patients while the intragastric balloon is in place.


Low-calorie or non-fat margarine, mayonnaise and salad dressings

Butter, oil (unless olive or canola), regular margarine, mayonnaise and salad dressings

Sweets and Desserts

Diet gum, diet Jell-O®, low-calorie/mini cakes and pies, sugar substitutes

Sweets and lollies, ice cream, fruit ice, pastries, ice milk, frozen yoghurt, regular sugar, honey, salty snacks

REMEMBER: You do not need to give up the foods you love entirely. You must however become conscious of the portion size and frequency of consumption. Weight management is about just that, management.

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Your BMI is below 20. You may be perfectly healthy at this BMI, but if you have lost weight recently we suggest you visit your general practitioner for a check-up.

Congratulations your weight is in the ideal range. You do not need to consider a weight loss procedure.

You are overweight but not to a degree which is likely to lead to major medical problems. You may wish to consider an appointment with our Dietitian or consider use of the Orbera Intra Gastric Balloon.

We suggest a consultation to discuss your options.

You are significantly overweight and may be a candidate for a weight loss procedure, particularly if you have other problems such as diabetes and hypertension. Options include Orbera Intra-Gastric Balloon and LapBand.

We suggest a consultation to discuss your options

Your weight is now at a potentially dangerous level and you are at high risk of developing major conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Stroke, Heart Attack and some cancers. Options include Lapband, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass.

We suggest a consultation to discuss your options.