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    ORBERA™ is an FDA-approved, non-surgical weight loss method that can help patients shed excess weight while allowing them to gradually change their lifestyle habits to promote health and wellness. On average, the ORBERA™ gastric balloon for weight loss allows patients to lose 3.1 times the weight they would through diet and exercise practices alone. This procedure is quickly gaining popularity because of the simple, easy, and effective way it helps patients both lose and keep off weight.

    During treatment, a deflated intragastric balloon is inserted into the patient’s stomach through the esophagus. Once inside the stomach, a saline solution is used to inflate the balloon. This entire process typically takes between 20-30 minutes to complete. Once this procedure is performed, the gastric balloon is left inside the stomach for six months. There, the ORBERA™ gastric balloon takes up enough space to allow patients to feel fuller more quickly and encourage the consumption of healthier portion sizes. This dramatic decrease in the amount of food each patient takes in allows them to quickly lose weight, most significantly within the first three months of receiving the gastric balloon. Over the remaining three months, patients have enough time to make lasting changes to their diet and exercise habits that help them maintain a healthy, steady weight once the balloon has been removed. This transition is made easier through individualized coaching and guidance provided by our practice’s medical weight loss experts.At Surgical Associates of South Florida, our goal is to help patients both lose weight and keep it off. Dr. Keshavarzi has developed a fully comprehensive plan that includes everything from psychological to nutritional support, with additional appetite control and hormonal optimization therapies.

    • Free initial consultation
    • Hormone optimization
    • 6-week HCG assisted diet plan
    • Monthly lipotropic injections
    • Body fat composition analysis and monitoring
    • Digital archiving of monthly successes
    • Free support groups
    • Nutritional and exercise counseling
    • Weight loss incentive program
    • 6 multidisciplinary follow-up visits over the course of the program Our practice also offers patients access to exclusive bridal packages. Contact our office directly for more information.

    To qualify for an ORBERA™ gastric balloon, interested patients must be adults, have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30 and 40, and be willing to participate in the medically supervised portions of the program. This procedure is particularly useful for individuals that are unable to undergo other types of medical-assisted weight loss. For full safety information, download the Orbera Patient Information Booklet

    At Surgical Associates of South Florida, Dr. Keshavarzi has a passion for providing patients with personalized bariatric care. If you think an ORBERA™ gastric balloon could help you reach your weight loss goals, contact Surgical Associates of South Florida today to schedule a free consultation appointment. Offering Gastric Balloon for Weight Loss for patients in the Miami, South Miami, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, and Palmetto Bay areas.

    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 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, that 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 physician, physiologist, 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 breast-feeding.

    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, 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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