How much does the ORBERA procedure cost?
The price of ORBERA, a new gastric balloon weight-loss procedure, varies depending on location. According to one source, the patient-reported cost of ORBERA varies from around $3,000 to around $9,000. Most reports seem to indicate a cost of about $6,000–$7,000.
Because the ORBERA balloon is relatively new, having been approved by the FDA in 2015, it is not covered by many insurance providers. Patients typically pay cash for the procedure. Depending on the geographical area and several other details, like your general health, costs may range anywhere between $3,000 and $7,000.
When you are planning for a significant expense such as the ORBERA balloon, it's important to know what's involved. A lot of preparatory work, follow-up care, and support services are involved.
The placement of an ORBERA Intragastric Balloon involves a simple, 30-minute long outpatient procedure in which the deflated balloon is inserted through your mouth into your stomach. Then, with the help of a syringe, the balloon is filled with a safe saline solution until it expands to the size of a grapefruit. You will feel comfortable during the procedure as you will be under mild sedation. This is a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure and you can return home the same day. The ORBERA Gastric Balloon remains in your stomach for about 6 months after which it is removed.
The removal of ORBERA Intragastric Balloon is an endoscopic, non-surgical procedure. Through the endoscope, a needle instrument is passed down into your stomach to burst the balloon. With the help of suction tubing, the fluid is emptied from the balloon. The balloon is then held with a wire grasper and slowly withdrawn through your esophagus into the mouth from where it is removed.
Many patients experience three times more weight loss with ORBERA gastric balloon placement when compared to diet and exercise alone. You may experience nausea and vomiting during the initial days after placement of the gastric balloon, but this normally disappears within 1-2 weeks. Your doctor will suggest certain medications that can help you with these symptoms. Within the first few months of placement of the ORBERA intragastric balloon, patients often lose a significant percentage of excess weight. The results you see will also depend on how well you change your eating habits and sustain your efforts to be active.
The ORBERA procedure involves the work of several different specialists, including a bariatric surgeon and nurses. The final fee for ORBERA may include the following costs:
California is the state with the greatest number of bariatric surgeries performed each year, representing 19% of the procedures performed in the United States. California is also one of the most expensive states for bariatric surgery. Patients deciding to have their ORBERA procedure performed in California can expect an average price of $6,250. The price can vary depending on the type of the facility, the experience of the surgeon, the general health of the patient and the chosen payment method.
If insurance does not cover ORBERA, several options may be available.