The Orbera Weight Loss Balloon

Meet Orbera® — the world’s #1 intragastric balloon weight loss program that’s proven to help patients experience 3.1x more weight loss than diet & exercise alone and provide the right tools and resources to successfully learn to keep it off. United Medical Weight Loss is proud to offer this effective weight loss tool to its patients all over Southern California.

About Orbera

Orbera® is the world’s leading intragastric balloon weight loss program for many reasons!

  • Non-surgical
  • Non-permanent
  • Non-invasive
  • No incisions
  • FDA-approved
  • Proven to be safe
  • Proven to be effective
  • Proven results

Orbera® is Proven to Help Patients Lose Up to 3.1x the Weight

With Orbera®, you learn portion control. The technology and design of the Orbera® balloon helps patients lose up to 3.1x2 the weight of diet and exercise alone. It is placed temporarily in your stomach for six months and can help patients lose 48% more3 than other FDA-approved gastric balloons.
For full safety information, download the Orbera Patient Information Booklet.

No Surgery

The gastric balloon is inserted orally through your esophagus and placed directly into your stomach during a quick, non-surgical procedure. There is no need for any incisions, stitches or scars.

Not Permanent

After the first six months of the weight loss program the stomach balloon is carefully removed and the aftercare program continues.

Proven Results

Orbera® is proven to help patients experience 3.1x more weight loss than diet & exercise alone and provide the right tools and resources to successfully learn to keep it off.

Before & After Photos

With Orbera®, you learn portion control and how to take control of your eating habits. See the results that real Orbera® patients have experienced!

How It Works

The entire non-surgical, outpatient procedure takes about 20 minutes.

First, a diagnostic endoscopy is done to ensure that it is safe to perform the procedure. Once you are mildly sedated and comfortable, the procedure can begin.

The deflated gastric balloon is inserted through the esophagus and into your stomach. A syringe is then used to fill the balloon, with a sterile saline solution, to about the size of a grapefruit.

For the next six months the Orbera® balloon is inside your stomach, reducing the amount you can eat, and re-training your brain to better anticipate when your stomach is getting full.

It’s during this time that open and constant communication with your support team is crucial to maximizing the benefits of Orbera®. This means regular face-to-face sessions with your treatment team, dietician, fitness trainer, psychologist and doctor.

During these first six months, with the stomach balloon and support team working in tandem, patients see the most drastic results – Losing 20 to 50 pounds (sometimes even more).

After you’ve had six months to change the way you eat and work with the support team to improve your nutrition, the balloon is removed. The simple and non-surgical procedure is very similar to the placement process, only taking 20 minutes.

For the remaining six months of the program, you’ll continue working closely with your Specialist to follow a personalized diet and exercise program.

At an additional cost, you can access Apollo Care, a tool that gives you convenient access to a virtual support team of nutritionists and dietitians via your phone or tablet.

What Sets Our Team Apart From the Rest

United Medical Weight Loss is comprised of skilled and dedicated Weight Loss professionals, including Obesity Medicine physicians, Fitness experts such as Kinesiologists and a Registered Dietitian. With Orbera®, you not only receive the intragastric weight loss balloon, but an entire team with unparalleled services to help ensure your success. We’re in this, together!

Weight Loss Experts

Our team is comprised of Weight Loss experts, ranging from physicians with extensive training in weight loss to Kinesiologists and a Registered Dietitian.

United Medical Fitness

We’re proud to have our very own boutique gym in Temecula. United Medical Fitness is not your average gym, by design. We offer on-site medical testing options, from body composition and metabolic tests to EKGs, meaning we’re fully equipped to provide you with the foundation you need for your weight loss journey every step of the way. Plus, you receive a free membership at United Medical Fitness when you sign up for the Orbera Program!

In-House Nutrition Support

We’re proud to have our very own Registered Dietitian on our team, Deidre McGannon, MHA, RDN, IFNCP. Deidre believes in the power of food as medicine and finds great purpose in educating patients so they can optimize their weight loss journey.

Medical Testing

We proudly offer comprehensive medical testing on-site, from body composition and metabolic testing to EKGs, giving you an accurate and effective baseline to measure your results from. Our metabolic test calculates the exact amount of calories you burn and how many you need to consume in order to reach your goals, further enhancing your weight loss success.

United Medical Fitness

This is not your average gym, by design. United Medical Fitness prides itself on unparalleled health and wellness services, in addition to a dedicated and skilled team passionate about helping you achieve success with Orbera every step of the way.

Our Procedure Center

Our physicians perform the non-surgical, non-invasive Orbera procedure in our out-patient surgical center, United Surgery Center – Temecula, featured here. United Surgery Centers is a division of United Medical Doctors and provides unparalleled outpatient procedure and surgical care to the communities of Southern California with seven locations in Temecula, Murrieta, Encinitas, Orange, Irvine, Newport Beach and Riverside. United Surgery Center – Temecula is our largest state-of-the-art out-patient surgery center.

Your Weight Loss Team

Hear Real Orbera Success Stories

As a nurse practitioner in Chicago, Mary would educate patients about the risks associated with obesity, but she seemed to be overlooking her own lifestyle. One day she stepped on the scale, only to be shocked to her very core. Mary weighed in at 235.6 lbs and had a BMI of 40. That was the moment she decided she needed to focus on her health. It was time to change. Mary was familiar with the Orbera® weight loss balloon. She liked that the procedure was non-surgical and only took about 15 minutes. So, she was beyond delighted when she discovered that a local clinic in Illinois offered the weight loss balloon. Thus, beginning her Orbera® weight loss journey. This weight loss procedure was exactly what Mary needed to help her lose the weight. She received support from a team of caring weight loss professionals from day one. Mary knew that she could communicate with her doctor and support team when she needed help or guidance. Mary has lost 92 lbs with the help of Orbera® weight loss balloon. Not only that, she’s dropped 27 cumulative inches from her waist, abdomen, and hips, and has a BMI of 26.3. She has run 10k races, and goes for hikes during family vacations; things that wouldn’t have been possible before Orbera®. The Orbera® weight loss program has been life changing for her. She sets and achieves goals, eats real food, and feels like a part of her athletic family. With her family cheering her on, Mary knows that anything is possible!


Real Orbera Patient
Lindsay is a stay-at-home mom who has a princess party business. She found Orbera® after significant weight gain. After seeing unflattering photos and videos of herself in her costume, she knew she needed a change. She felt completely out of control, and was mindlessly eating, especially at night. Lindsay needed help, but couldn’t do it alone. Lindsay tried everything she knew about. Every diet, pills, hypnotherapy. You name it – Lindsay did it. In her weight loss research, she stumbled upon the Orbera® gastric balloon. The last thing Lindsay tried, was the first thing that worked. With Orbera® she changed the way her brain works and the expectations she had of herself. Now for Lindsay, her relationship with food is second nature. Over a year later, Lindsay is living a whole new life, 54 lbs. lighter. She is doing more for herself because she feels better doing things. She goes out with her friends more. She goes out with her kids more. She goes shopping and its fun – instead of a tortuous thing to do.


Real Orbera Patient
Amanda, a registered nurse, says life before Orbera® was a little depressing, she was overweight, unhealthy and sad. She didn’t really want to be out in public, because when you don’t feel good, you don’t look good. Amanda exhausted every other option to lose weight. She tried pre-packaged foods, home delivered meals, all the medications she could think of, she had a personal trainer, and even had 3 gym memberships at one time — but nothing worked. Amanda wasn’t at a high enough weight to be considered for a surgical weight loss procedure so she started looking for weight loss physicians in my area – that’s when she heard about Orbera®. Amanda chose Orbera® because there was a decreased long term effect and less chance of complications because it wasn’t permanent. She liked the fact that Orbera® was a temporary measure while she learned new habits. As a nurse, she knew a lot of people gain back their weight after invasive surgeries because they never change the mental aspect of taking in food. After the balloon has been removed, Amanda is weightlifting and able to jog, something she never thought was possible. She is proud and amazed at what she has accomplished. A year and a half ago, Amanda was at rock bottom. It’s been over a year since Amanda had her balloon removed and she has kept off her 51 lb weight loss.


Real Orbera Patient
Shawn is a former military man. After gaining a significant amount of weight after a serious injury he could have never predicted he would have gotten to the weight he did. Shawn had to make a change and wanted to get healthy, but he needed a kick-start to do it. That’s when he found Orbera®. Shawn was extremely successful at his weight loss because he didn’t just get the Orbera® balloon and sit back and think “Ok balloon, do your thing.” Instead, Shawn decided to use Orbera® as a tool. He put his body through everything it needs to get healthy from better diet and portion control to increasing physical activity. Shawn used Orbera® as a tool and not a shortcut to his ideal weight. Shawn says Orbera® led to a domino effect in his life. Once he started losing weight, he started to feel better. Once he felt better, he wanted to do more active things such as working out or running. As Shawn started with the domino effect, he began setting additional goals for himself to overcome. The largest goal being to complete an Ironman race, which Shawn accomplished in November 2018. With Orbera® Shawn lost 126 lbs. and changed his life.


Real Orbera Patient
Growing up, Clara was extremely active. But once she started a family, she put herself on the backburner. Somewhere along the way, she forgot about herself and lost her self-confidence. Clara knew that she had to make a change when her health started to take a negative turn. The scale was slowly approaching 300 lbs and something had to be done. She wanted her family to be proud of her, and to feel proud of herself. Then, she found the Orbera® intragastric balloon, which is FDA-approved and known worldwide for its success. This simple and non-surgical weight loss solution was exactly what Clara was looking for to reshape her life. Not only that, the procedure required no incisions and took only 15 minutes. The gastric balloon cost was only a small investment compared to the years of healthy living that it could provide. Already, she has learned the values of a healthy diet and implements what she has learned every day. Clara has fallen back in love with exercise and couldn’t be happier! She didn’t want to waste a single moment of her Orbera® weight loss program, so she dedicated herself to changing her life once and for all. Clara has lost a total of 70 lbs and has dropped from a size 22 to a size seven. Thanks to this weight loss procedure, Clara become someone she is proud of and a role model for her entire family.


Real Orbera Patient
For Stephanie, Orbera® finally put an end to the rollercoaster of losing weight and then gaining it right back. After spending tens of thousands on diets, gym memberships, and all the sizes of clothing in between… She finally learned about Orbera®. At age 50, Stephanie lost 50 pounds. Now, a year later, she’s not only keeping off, but enjoying a new and more confident life in New York City.


Real Orbera Patient
Andrew wasn't happy with himself. Andrew would look in the mirror and wonder if the day would ever come where he would feel comfortable in his own skin. Andrew believes trying Orbera® was a changing point in his life. By his first follow-up appointment he had already lost his first 5 lbs - and that was just the start. By the end of the first 6-months of his Orbera® weight loss journey Andrew had lost 30 lbs. His eating habits had changed and he felt a constant sense of accomplishment. Years ago he would just eat and eat until he felt overly full, but with the Orbera® stomach balloon he realized that he had to change his eating habits. Between portion control and eating slowly, Andrew was able to change the way he ate. It has changed Andrew's life and he believes it can change yours too.


Real Orbera Patient

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How Much Weight Can I Lose With Orbera®?

    It is important for you to understand that the balloon is a tool to aid weight loss and must be used in conjunction with diet, exercise, and a behavior modification program. The amount of weight you lose and maintain will depend on how closely you follow your diet and adopt long-term lifestyle changes. The Orbera® clinical study has shown that weight loss varies from person to person. On average, patients lost 3.1x2 the weight of those that were on a diet and exercise program alone. In the US clinical study patients lost an average of 21.8 lbs.*

    What Happens If the Orbera® Balloon Leaks or Deflates in the Stomach?

    Orbera® has been reviewed in over 250 published global clinical papers, and a balloon deflation or leak is a very rare event. However, if the balloon should spontaneously deflate, you may no longer feel full after eating. If you suspect this may be the case, notify your Specialist immediately. A simple abdominal x-ray can determine whether either has occurred. If it has, your Specialist will arrange to remove the deflated balloon.

    Will I Gain the Weight Back After Removing the Orbera® Balloon?

    Published clinical studies4 of Orbera® have shown that, provided you keep to the prescribed diet and exercise regime, you will maintain weight loss through dieting post-removal. So, if you stick to your new, healthy lifestyle you will be well on the way to maintaining your weight loss.

    What is a Gastric Balloon?

    A gastric balloon is a non-surgical and short-term (temporary) weight loss device. A smooth, soft saline-filled balloon (about the size of an grapefruit) is placed in your stomach, allowing you to control your portion sizes by filling space in your stomach. By following professional health and wellness advice, you can adopt good healthy eating habits and change your lifestyle so you can lose weight quickly and keep it off long term.

    Are Gastric Balloons Safe?

    Gastric balloons have been used in the management of obesity for over 20 years. Over this time they have evolved in shape, size, and design resulting in a modern, durable product, which is now well established as a safe weight loss procedure. Nearly 300,0003 Orbera® balloons have been distributed worldwide.

    Do Gastric Balloons Help People Lose Weight?

    Once in place, the gastric balloon is filled with saline to partially fill the stomach so that they may consume smaller portions of food. Most weight is lost in the first three months, but because the gastric balloon stays in for six months, you will learn the right amount of food to eat to maintain your new weight long term.

    What Are the Possible Side Effects Associated With the Gastric Balloon?

    It is very likely that the presence of the balloon in the stomach will cause nausea or vomiting after placement. In some patients it may last one to two weeks. Your Specialist may prescribe medication to help minimize these potential effects. Patients will need to immediately contact their physician for any severe or unusual symptoms.

    Can the Balloon Injure My Stomach?

    The Orbera® balloon is constructed from a very smooth and soft silicone material to minimize the risk of irritating the stomach wall. You will also be prescribed medicines that will reduce the acidity in your stomach and help protect your stomach wall. Patients with prior stomach surgery are not eligible for the procedure because of a higher risk of the balloon causing a perforation in the stomach. Some patients without prior stomach surgery have also had stomach perforations but this is typically following extended periods of side effects. Patients should be advised to immediately contact their physician for any unusually severe, worsening, or recurrent symptoms lasting longer than two weeks.

    What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?

    The most widely used measurement for obesity. The BMI approximates body mass using a mathematical ratio of weight and height [(weight in kg ÷ height in meters) or (weight in pounds ÷ height in inches x 703)]. A BMI of 30 or more is regarded by most health agencies as the threshold for obesity. A BMI of 40 or more generally qualifies as morbid obesity. However, note that BMI measurements in body-builders and athletes may not be accurate determinants of obesity because the BMI does not distinguish between muscle and fat.

    Do You Qualify For Orbera®?

    To qualify for Orbera®, you must be an adult, have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40, and be willing to participate in a medically supervised program. Please schedule a complimentary consultation with our team to identify if you are a qualified candidate for Orbera®.

    How Does Orbera® Compare to the Alternatives?

    Orbera® vs Diet and Exercise Alone

    It’s been shown that the average person loses 3.1x more weight with Orbera® than with diet and exercise alone. Here’s some of the reasons why:

    • Diets can leave you feeling hungry or dissatisfied. Orbera® helps by taking up room in the stomach and encouraging portion control.
    • When you’re overweight, exercise can be challenging and uncomfortable. With Orbera® aiding your weight loss, physical activity can be more comfortable.

    Orbera® vs Other Gastric Balloons

    Over the past 20 years, Orbera® has become the #1 weight loss balloon in the world and is the only balloon recognized by the ASGE for its safety and effectiveness*. No other FDA-approved gastric balloon has shown more weight loss during their US clinical studies.

    How Does Orbera® Compare to Weight Loss Surgery?

    Orbera® vs Surgery

    Orbera® is a non-surgical weight loss procedure, which means no incisions, stitches, or scars. It takes about 20 minutes; most people go home the same day. And, importantly, the balloon is in place only temporarily, as opposed to permanent surgical alterations.

    * Orbera® has met the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy’s (ASGE) Preservation and Incorporation of Valuable Endoscopic Innovations (PIVI) threshold standards for the treatment of obesity.