ORBERA Dietary Plan


Surgical Associates of South Florida has compiled a pre and post-procedure dietary plan for patients planning to have an Orbera™ Gastric Balloon implanted. It is important to for patients to follow this pre and post-procedure dietary plan in order to achieve optimal results of your Orbera™ Gastric Balloon. Throughout the course of their pre and post-procedure dietary plan, patients will be prescribed an acid reflux medication like Nexium or Prevacid, which they should start taking a week prior to their Orbera™ procedure. Some patients may also be prescribed other medications post-procedure to help treat symptoms that may arise. Click here to view a sample meal plan.

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48 Hours Prior to Orbera™ Gastric

Balloon Procedure: Liquid Diet
48 hours prior to your procedure, you should only consume liquids. Dietary options include nonfat milk, weak coffee, soups without foods, protein shakes, and low-fat yogurt.

24 Hours Prior to Orbera™ Gastric

Balloon Procedure: Clear Liquid Diet
The day before your Orbera™ gastric balloon procedure, your diet should consist of only clear liquids. We suggest options like sugar-free jello, bottled, tap, or spring water, no-calorie vitamin-enriched water, and clear chicken, vegetable, or beef stock.

Day of Orbera™ Gastric Balloon Procedure

Starting at midnight the day of your procedure, you should not have anything to eat or drink. Three hours prior to your Orbera™ procedure, you should take an Amend with a minimal sip of water and allow the Zofran tablet to dissolve under your tongue.

You may experience some gastric discomfort throughout the first week after your Orbera™ procedure. In order to minimize discomfort and ensure you achieve optimal results, we recommend you follow this post-procedure dietary plan.

24 to 48 Hours After Procedure:

Clear Liquids only
For the few days following your procedure, we recommend you consume only clear liquids to minimize any gastric discomfort you may be feeling and to allow your stomach to adjust to the balloon. It is important to stay hydrated following your procedure, so you should avoid caffeinated beverages like coffee, teas, and sodas, as these beverages can lead to dehydration.

Day 2-7 After Procedure:

Full Liquid Diet
Approximately two to three days after your Orbera™ gastric balloon procedure, you can begin to incorporate more filling liquids, like protein shakes and strained soups, into your diet.

Low-fat yogurt
Weak coffee
Nonfat milk

Week Two:

Pureed Foods
About two weeks after the procedure, you should be ready to consume foods with a bit more substance. Pureed food is an important part of the transition from a liquid diet to food with more consistency.

Low-fat smoothies
Cottage cheese
Pureed soups
Pureed fruits and vegetables
Baby food

Week Three:

Soft Foods
The third week following your procedure is when you begin to reintroduce soft, solid foods back into your diet. We recommend soft foods that are low in carbohydrates, fats, and calories. If you feel any pressure or discomfort, you should slow down your consumption or stop eating.

Canned meats like chicken, tuna, or salmon
Boiled eggs

Week Four:

Solid Foods
About four weeks after your Orbera™ gastric balloon procedure, you should be able to begin introducing solid foods back into your diet. You should introduce solid foods one at a time to see how your body is able to digest each food. We recommend starting with cooked solid foods and slowly working up to raw and hard foods.

Fresh fruits and vegetables
Lean meats (grilled, baked, or steamed)
Soft or hard-boiled eggs
Salad with light vinegar-based dressings

Activity Post-Procedure

We recommend you maintain light activity, like easy walking, for the first week after your procedure. You can begin easing your way back into your normal workout routine about two weeks after the procedure. About a month after the procedure, you should be working out regularly with no limitations. We encourage patients to send in their workout logs and MyFitnessPal macros each week to show us your progress in between your follow-up appointments.

Important ORBERA® Intragastric Balloon System Safety Information:

The ORBERA® Intragastric Balloon System is a weight loss aid for adults suffering from obesity, with a body mass index (BMI) ≥30 and ≤40 kg/m2, who have tried other weight loss programs, such as following a supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs, but who were unable to lose weight and keep it off.

To receive ORBERA®, you must be willing to also follow a 7-month program, beginning with the placement of ORBERA® and continuing for 1 month after, which includes a healthy diet and exercise plan. If the diet and exercise program is not followed, you will not experience significant weight loss results; in fact, you may not experience any weight loss.

Losing weight and keeping it off is not easy, so you will be supervised throughout this program by a team of physicians, physiologists, and nutritionists (if you decide to opt for the Orbera coach). This team will help you make and maintain major changes in your eating and exercise habits.

ORBERA® is placed for no more than six months. Any time that the balloon is in the stomach for longer than six months puts you at risk for complications, such as bowel obstruction, which can be fatal.

Some patients are ineligible to receive ORBERA®. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history and will also perform a physical examination to determine your eligibility for the device. Additionally, at the time of placement, the doctor may identify internal factors, such as stomach irritation or ulcers, which may prevent you from receiving ORBERA®.

You must not receive ORBERA® if you are pregnant, a woman planning to become pregnant within six months’ time, or breastfeeding.

Complications that may result from the use of ORBERA® include the risks associated with any endoscopic procedure and those associated with the medications and methods used in this procedure, as well as your ability to tolerate a foreign object placed in your stomach. Possible complications include: partial or complete blockage of the bowel by the balloon, insufficient or no weight loss, adverse health consequences resulting from weight loss, stomach discomfort, continuing nausea and vomiting, abdominal or back pain, acid reflux, influence on digestion of food, blockage of food entering the stomach, bacterial growth in the fluid filling the balloon which can lead to infection, injury to the lining of the digestive tract, stomach or esophagus, and balloon deflation.

Important: For full safety information, please visit orbera.com/dfu, talk with your doctor, or call Apollo Customer Support at 855-700-0780.

Caution: Rx only.
1. Evaluated using data collected outside the U.S.
* Results are from individual customer testimonials, and your results may vary.

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