Weightloss Solutions Australia's Guide To Orbera Gastric Balloon
A Non-surgical solution to a new and healthy lifestyle:
- What is Orbera Gastric Balloon surgery?
- Video demonstration: How Gastric Balloon works
- BMI calculator: Are you eligible?
- Gastric Balloon surgery pros and cons
- Risks of Gastric Balloon surgery
- WLSA 12-month post-surgery support
- Gastric Balloon surgery success stories
- How much Gastric Balloon costs in Australia?
- WLSA Surgery costs and package inclusions
- Upcoming information session
What is Orbera Gastric Balloon surgery?
Gastric Balloon (also known as Orbera) surgery is a non-surgical and reversible weight loss solution where a saline-filled silicone balloon is temporarily placed in the stomach to create a greater satiety from eating. This is a proven medical device suitable for those who do not want surgery and need help limiting food intake.
Video Demonstration: How Gastric Balloon Works
Watch this less than 2-minute video to understand the process how Gastric Balloon surgery actually works.
BMI calculator: Are you eligible?
Gastric Balloon surgery is most suitable for patients with a BMI between 27 and 35, want to lose a significant amount of excess weight using a non-surgical alternative. If you're motivated and ready to follow a medically supervised lifestyle program, this weight loss option could be for you.
Gastric Balloon pros and cons
- More affordable weight-loss option
- Fast procedure
- Improves health conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and more
- Non-invasive surgery
- Reversible and temporary solution
- Less serious complications compared to invasive surgeries
Risks of Gastric Balloon
As with any surgery, there is always a degree of risk.
Gastric Balloon is a procedure with minimal complications and risks, however, such outcomes cannot be guaranteed. One should also consider that weight loss outcomes vary for each individual. Some of the potential side effects are bleeding during the balloon insertion or removal, nausea, vomiting, gastro-oesophageal reflux and leakage of the balloon.
But don't worry, your surgeon will walk you through the risks and preventative measures you can take during your consultations.
WLSA 12-Month Post-surgery support
Even though people who have gone through Gastric Balloon procedure do not need ongoing maintenance, all of our WLSA surgery packages come with a 12-month post-surgery support program to ensure you have the right support and guidance as you transition through a new big lifestyle change.
That's why we have doctors, psychologists, and dietitians onboard to monitor and advise you every step of the way from meal planning to mental health management.
See the timeline infographic below for more details of what you could expect from consultation to the end of the 12-month support program.
WLSA Timeline From Consultation To 12-month Post-surgery Support
Gastric Balloon Success Stories
Carol lost 10kg after she had a Gastric Balloon procedure followed by WLSA 12 month Lifestyle Modification program. Now, she's able to move around a lot more especially with her grandson. She can run 5km non-stop and has even competed in an event since then. Watch the video to learn about Carol's journey so far.
How much Gastric Balloon costs in Australia?
You can fund your Gastric Balloon surgery through Medicare, private health insurance, superannuation, and payment plans.
As a rule of thumb, your total out-of-pocket cost after Medicare rebates may be:
- With private health insurance:
- Without private health insurance:
Keep in mind though that the cost may vary case-by-case. The final cost depends on various factors such as your individual needs, age, additional appointments and more.
So how much are you really saving in the long term?
The thought of undergoing a surgery and the large price tag that comes with it can be daunting, in the short term. But what's the cost to your health in the long term and the risk of not doing anything about it now? Take a look at this infographic.
WLSA Surgery costs and package inclusions
Before you proceed with your Orbera surgery, you will undergo 3 assessment appointments to determine your suitability for the procedure and to prepare you for your weight loss journey. All appointments for the first 12 months are included in the initial fee.
Included in your Gastric Sleeve package are the following services:
5 Elective consultations with either Dietitian or Psychologist (2 whilst balloon is in place and 3 following removal)
4 Medical follow-ups with the specialist whilst the balloon are in place
1 Diet Plate to assist with portion control education
Insertion and removal by the specialist in a day-surgical facility
Upcoming information session
Keep an eye out for the next information session or call (07) 5598 0500.