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Gastric Balloon

For women and men looking for weight loss options in Honolulu, Dr. Ching offers the FDA-approved ORBERA® gastric balloon. This effective tool is part of the ORBERA 12-month weight loss program, a nonsurgical approach that helps people struggling with obesity in Hawaii lose substantial amounts of weight.

Dr. Ching and his team is trained in placing the ORBERA gastric balloon, which is inserted through the esophagus. The balloon remains in your stomach for 6 months to reduce feelings of hunger and help reduce portion sizes. During these first 6 months, a team of ORBERA professionals supervises your initial weight loss. After 6 months, the balloon is removed in a minor procedure, and you continue to work closely with the support team until the end of the yearlong program.

To visit Dr. Ching in Honolulu and find out if ORBERA is right for you, request a consultation or call our office at 808.585.8855 to schedule an appointment.

Is ORBERA right for me?

You could be a good candidate for ORBERA if you are unhappy with your current weight and have realistic expectations for results.

Additionally, the ORBERA weight-loss program specifies that candidates:

  • Be of adult age
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 35
  • Be willing to participate in a medically supervised program

What are the benefits of ORBERA?

For over 20 years the ORBERA system has helped more than 220,000 people around the globe lose weight. On average, people lose 3x more weight with the ORBERA program than they do with traditional diet and exercise. As opposed to permanent surgical procedures, the ORBERA balloon is temporary and eliminates the need for incisions, stitches or scars.

The comprehensive ORBERA program has grown in popularity because it not only helps you lose weight quickly but also provides a support team to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle after the program is complete. Your ORBERA treatment team may include a dietician, fitness trainer, psychologist, and exercise psychologist.

For patients whose weight loss results in loose or excess skin, Dr. Ching offers several post weight loss body contouring procedures. These options include liposuction along with arm, thigh, and body lifts, tummy tucks, and breast procedures.

What can I expect from the placement and removal procedures?

Before the nonsurgical placement procedure, you will receive a sedative to keep you comfortable. During the procedure, the thin, deflated ORBERA balloon is inserted through your throat and into your stomach. Once placed the balloon is filled with a sterile saline solution until it is about the size of a grapefruit. The procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes, and you can typically go home the same day. After 6 months, the balloon is deflated and removed through your throat, again usually with mild sedation.

When will I see results?

People typically lose the most weight within the first 3 months after the balloon is inserted. With the help of the ORBERA support team, you will learn to adjust your eating and workout habits to maximize results. When your 12-month program is over, it is important to continue a healthy lifestyle so you can maintain weight loss and possibly lose additional weight. No other FDA-approved gastric balloon has shown more weight loss during U.S. clinical studies.

Find out more about the ORBERA gastric balloon and weight loss system.

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