The Orbera Gastric Balloon: A Device to Kickstart your Weight Loss

|||The Orbera Gastric Balloon: A Device to Kickstart your Weight Loss

The Orbera Gastric Balloon: A Device to Kickstart your Weight Loss

Losing weight is difficult, but the hardest part is getting started. A simple device called the Orbera, now available in Alaska, can help with that.

Dr. Justin Clark said the Orbera is a balloon inserted into the stomach through the mouth and then inflated with saline. The device, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, “tricks” the body into feeling full, so people with it eat less.

“I like to describe it as Thanksgiving dinner, that feeling that you have had a huge meal and can’t have another bite,” Clark said.

The Orbera is only part of the solution, the doctor said, because it is only inside a person’s stomach for a six months. Clark said the whole treatment program comes with a year of diet and exercise consultation, and most people see results in about three months.

To be a candidate, a person’s body mass index — commonly referred to as BMI — has to be around 30 to 40. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the BMI for a healthy adult is 18.5 to 24.9.

BMI is an inexpensive and easy way to determine if someone is underweight, normal or healthy weight, overweight, or obese, however the CDC states that BMI does not directly measure body fat. BMI is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by the person’s height in meters.

Article Source: KTVA

2017-01-13T20:18:55+00:00