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Orbera 365 with Healthier Weight

Orbera 365™

What is the Orbera 365™?

The Orbera 365 is a new development in weight loss that is proven to deliver results AND without the need for surgery.

The 6 month Orbera balloon has been the world’s leading gastric balloon for 20 years, with over 250,000 implanted. The new Orbera 365™ is the same but most importantly can sit in your stomach for 12 months.  By doubling the length of time that the balloon remains in the stomach, the period of time when it is helping you to make permanent changes to your diet and eating habits is doubled. It is a simple, safe and highly effective device that delivers proven results.

This is an important development as the role of the balloon is to provide a transition from your old diet and eating habits to your new. The early studies show that the Orbera 365™ helps balloon patients maintain their weight loss for longer than those who opt for a 6 month balloon. It is also cheaper than the surgical options available.

All the benefits of the 12 month Orbera 365™

The 12 month Orbera 365™ Balloon device offers all of the benefits of the 6 month gastric balloon when compared to surgery. 

  • Day case procedure - you'll only be in the hospital for about 4 hours
  • No need for general anaesthetic
  • No scarring
  • No change to the anatomy
  • Safer than surgery


There are several publications that show gastric balloons are a safe and effective treatment for overweight and obesity. You can see a publication relating to the Orbera 365 balloon here.

When combined with the 18 month support package we provide (including 6 months after the balloon is removed) achieving longer term weight loss goals with a balloon is now more achievable.

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Orbera 365
The gastric balloon is a small silicone balloon that is placed in the stomach and occupies about 50-60% of the space. It works by reducing the stomach’s capacity for food. Balloons have been used successfully for weight loss for many years. They have been particularly popular in mainland Europe and numbers are now set to grow in the UK too.

The balloon is placed in the stomach empty and is then filled with about 6000ml of saline (sterile water). When filled it is about the size of a large apple. It then stays in the stomach for 6-12 months before it is removed. The placement and removal of the balloon is done in hospital while you are under sedation (sedated but awake). The process of placing the balloon takes little more than 5 minutes and the same to remove it. Your total stay in hospital when the balloon is placed will be no more than 3 to 4 hours, and a couple of hours when it is removed.
You are eligible for a gastric balloon if you have a body mass index (BMI) above 27. In addition to being eligible through your weight you would also need to tried a number of diets and reached the point where you feel you now need something more.

If your body mass index is above 40 we are less likely to do a balloon. Although it is perfectly safe to do so, a surgical procedure is likely to give far better outcomes. If your BMI is above 30 we would discuss all of the surgical options with you as well as the balloon for the sake of completeness. It is important that everyone understands all of their options before they decide on the one which is best for them.
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The best way to view a gastric balloon is as a catalyst for change. It is something you will have for a short period of time and during the period that it is in place, and helping you lose weight, you need to adopt a new diet, eating habits and exercise regime. In this way you’ll be better equipped to maintain, or even increase, your weight loss after the balloon is removed.

At Healthier Weight we provide the information and support you need to learn and embed the new habits that will deliver the weight loss you are seeking. Both in writing and online you’ll receive dietary support materials and these will be supplemented with regular calls from our team to monitor your progress and give you the support you need to get the best from your balloon. This support lasts while the balloon is in place and for 6 months after.

Throughout this period you will also have access to our nursing team through our patients support line.

 At Healthier Weight we provide all enquirers with a  personalised quotation. This is in line with best practice guidelines set out by the Care Quality Commission, our regulator. In this way you get to see the price and payment options in writing and in a transparent way. To get your personalised quotation please complete the ‘get a quote form’ below.

We offer two finance options to help you fund your procedure and they vary according to whether you want to fund all or just part of your procedure fee.

If you want to borrow all of the money we will introduce you to our finance partner, AfforditNOW, who will consider your application. If accepted for a loan you can borrow for up to 3 years. You will pay interest on your borrowing at an APR of 14.9%* (include finance wording re FCA at the foot of the page)

If you are only looking to borrow part of the fee you may be eligible for our interest free payment plan. To be eligible you need to live in the UK, be over 18 and be in permanent employment. If you are, you can borrow up to £1500 of the fee. This will be interest free and can be repaid monthly, in equal instalments for a period up to 12 months.

Full details of your finance options will be included in your personal quotation.

This is the choice that most people considering a gastric balloon have to weigh up. As with all choices in life there are pros and cons for both. The first thing to understand is that a gastric band procedure is surgery whereas a gastric balloon is not. It means that the general risks associated with surgery and the general anaesthetic do not apply. Although a balloon is not without risks it is a lower risk and less invasive procedure than the surgical options (gastric band, sleeve or bypass ).

We have tried to capture the main differences between the balloon and band below.

Is it surgery?
  • Balloon: No surgery is required. Just a light sedation.
  • Band: Yes surgery is needed. This is done under general anaesthetic.

Is it temporary?
  • Balloon: Yes.
  • Band: No, the band is intended to be a permanent procedure.

Will it need much maintenance?
  • Balloon: No.
  • Band: Yes as you will need to visit your local clinic for band adjustments.

How do the costs compare?
  • Balloon: Lower.
  • Band: Costs more than the balloon.

Is there any scarring?
  • Balloon: None.
  • Band: Yes, the scarring is minimal however.

Which offers more weight loss?
  • Balloon: The balloon offers less weight loss than the band.
  • Band: More than the balloon. Check your BMI to see if the band is a better option for you.

Good for existing weight related health problems?
  • Balloon: Poorer results than the band.
  • Band: Better results than the balloon.

The truth is that if you are eligible for a band as well as a balloon you are likely to get a better long term weight loss outcome with the band. You may not be willing to undertake the risks associated with the more invasive band procedure however. Also, if you think that the 2-4 stones weight loss you could expect from the balloon (this varies according to your starting weight) then it is the lower risk and lower cost option.

How much weight will I lose?

As you would expect it’s impossible to say for sure and the amount you could expect to lose will vary according to your starting weight. The more you weigh at the start the more you might expect to lose. Generally speaking we expect people to lose between 2 and 4 stones. In order to maximise your weight loss you will need to adopt the dietary advice we provide and increase your daily calorie expenditure, this may e through exercise or simply spending more of the day on your feet.


Where is the procedure done?

The procedure is done in a hospital. You are admitted to a private room and will then be taken to the theatre or endoscopy suite, it could be either. There, the balloon will be place, and later removed. You’ll then go to the recovery area before returning to your room and later discharged.


Who will do the procedure?

 The procedure will be done by a doctor who is either a consultant gastroenterologist or surgeon.


Who will do the aftercare?

 The aftercare support will be provided by the medical, nursing and support team here at Healthier Weight


What are the risks and possible complications?

All procedures bring a level of risk and the balloon is no different. Some of the risks are the general risks that anyone having a gastroscopy (camera placed into the stomach) could expect, and others are more specific to the gastric balloon. Both are listed below. We will talk you through the risks in detail when we speak to you.


  • Faintness or dizziness, especially when you start to move around                
  • Fall in blood pressure      
  • Mild allergic reaction (itching or rash)
  • Temporary nerve damage
  • Less common are muscle aches and pain and a feeling of general weakness.        


Complications rates specific to the gastric balloon are low (<3%) and include:

  • Inflammation of the Oesophagus             
  • Rupture of the balloon
  • Gastric Ulceration           
  • Gastric Perforation
  • Gastric Obstruction        
  • Oesophagitis     


Most patients will experience a period of sickness and vomiting immediately after the balloon is implanted. We prescribe medication to help you manage this and it usually ends after no more than 2-3 days. If you experience prolonged sickness and vomiting and are unable to tolerate the balloon, it may need to be removed early. This can occur in 6-7% of people.

For the period that the balloon is in place it is important that patients take medication to protect the wall of the stomach. This medicine is called Omeprazole. We will prescribe it for the first 14 days but you will then need to get it from your GP or buy it over the counter.

All procedures involve the risk of death and, however small, we need to inform you of this. The risk of death from a gastric balloon is far below 1 in 10,000 and it is a very low risk procedure. Most studies into the balloon show zero mortality


How can I maximise my weight loss?

The best way to maximise your weight loss with the Obera 365 is to follow the guidelines we provide. These include:

  • Making a diet plan for yourself based on our guidance. Decide what you’ll keep from your current diet, what you’ll stop and what you’ll add
  • Make a plan to change your eating habits, including when you’ll eat and portion sizes, and trying to eat more slowly
  • Make a plan to increase the number of calories you use everyday. Exercise is a good way to do this but if you are unable to do that simply spending more of your day on your feet and walking will help.


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*Weight loss surgery results and benefits vary and are different for each individual. As such, Healthier Weight cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals.