Can I get pregnant with ORBERA?
It is not recommended that women conceive while the ORBERA gastric balloon is implanted or get ORBERA implanted while pregnant. For this reason, ORBERA intragastric balloon is not an option in women who have a plan to conceive within six months.
Even though the ORBERA weight loss program does not involve any major surgery, as with every treatment procedure, a careful evaluation of your general health is essential before considering it. Your doctor will assess your health condition and ask questions regarding your medical history to decide whether ORBERA is suitable for you or not. In addition, if you already have an ORBERA gastric balloon in place, you will be advised to avoid pregnancy until your gastric balloon is removed.
However, after ORBERA is removed, the stomach returns to normal size and fertility is not affected. In fact, excess weight can negatively impact fertility and make it more difficult for a woman to become pregnant. If a woman plans to become pregnant, doctors will usually advise her to keep her weight in a healthy range for her height and body type. With the ORBERA gastric balloon, the average person loses 3x more weight than with diet and exercise alone. Therefore, ORBERA may be a good option for those who have been advised that excess weight could affect their fertility.
How is ORBERA inserted?
The insertion of the ORBERA intragastric balloon is a short procedure in which an empty, soft, silicone balloon is passed through your mouth down into your esophagus to reach your stomach. It may require only 20-30 minutes.
During the procedure of inserting the ORBERA balloon, you will be placed under mild sedation. Your doctor will pass an empty ORBERA gastric balloon through your mouth with the help of an endoscope.
As the balloon reaches your stomach, it is filled with a sterile saline solution to expand it to the proper size. After the observation period of about 2 hours, you may return home once you are able to swallow and take small sips of water.
Will ORBERA make me nauseous?
As your body adjusts to the ORBERA gastric balloon you can expect some nausea and vomiting during the first 3 to 5 days after having ORBERA placed. After the placement of ORBERA intragastric balloon, some patients may feel discomfort in the form of vomiting, nausea, acid reflux, and stomach pain. These are common and appear as your stomach still needs to adapt to the balloon that has been inserted.
The side effects resolve on their own within a few days, but if the problem lasts for up to 2 weeks, you may need certain medications to help relieve these symptoms. Your doctor will prescribe medicines to help with your nausea and vomiting. Later on, if you eat too fast or eat too much without chewing properly, you may feel nausea.
Orbera patients should eat meals slowly over 20 to 30 minutes and avoid sweets and fatty foods.