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Orbera® Non-Surgical Weight Loss

For those who have struggled to lose weight and want to avoid invasive, permanent and perhaps risky surgery such as gastric bypass, Orbera® can be a viable solution. A 20-minute non-surgical procedure, Orbera® is designed for patients needing to lose 20-75 pounds or wanting to jumpstart more significant weight loss.

How Does Orbera Work?

Patients are sedated and a diagnostic endoscopy (which entails threading a scope down through the esophagus into the stomach) is performed to ensure it is safe to proceed. (Any presence of ulcers, gastritis, hiatal hernias disqualify you as a candidate as does severe or untreated heartburn, a history of ulcers or an excessively high Body Mass Index.) If cleared, a small balloon is placed into the stomach and filled with saline solution, much like the saline solution used in breast implants. The scope is removed and the whole process, from start to finish, is completed in 20 minutes or less.

Once implanted, the Orbera® balloon remains in the stomach for six months, taking up space, reducing the amount of food eaten and slowing digestion allowing patients to feel full longer. The most dramatic weight loss results typically occur within the first three months following the procedure. You can opt for the Orbera® Coach tool (for an additional fee) which provides on-going access to a virtual support team of nutritionists and dieticians via phone or tablet for one year following your procedure. After six months the Orbera® balloon is removed through the same method it was inserted.

Who is a Good Candidate?

  • Women and Men desiring 25lbs or more weight loss
  • Age 18 to 65 (or older if you are healthy)
  • Non-smokers
  • Overall good health

How Much Does it Cost?

The Orebra® procedure typically costs between $7500-$8000. This covers the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fee, all patient care and follow-up visits. For an additional fee of $750, patients can access the Orbera Coaching Tool for online face-to-face sessions with an Orbera® dietician, nutritionist and weight loss coach. The program begins when the patient undergoes the procedure and lasts six months after it is removed.

Recent Before & After Photos

The Orbera® Non-Surgical Weight Loss procedure is a new procedure offered by SSA, and we will be adding photos of our patients' transformations in time. To see Orbera® success stories, please visit the official Orbera® Success Stories page.

Our Surgeons

Dr. Deal, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Gusching, and Dr. Kluska are fellowship-trained and Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons. Combined, our four doctors have more than 22 years experience. Their practice at Southern Surgical Arts is 100% committed, focused, and dedicated to cosmetic and facial plastic surgery. Since 2004, they have performed more than 18,000 major cosmetic procedures.

State-of-the-Art Surgery Centers

At Southern Surgical Arts, we perform all of our procedures in several accredited, state-of-the-art facilities. Chattanooga's Southside, SSA's newest state-of-the-art surgical suite and luxurious office. Calhoun, GA, is home to SSA's first location and surgical facility. We also operate at Physician's Surgery Center near Parkridge East Hospital in Chattanooga, TN.

We consult with patients before and after surgery in both our Calhoun and Chattanooga offices.

With three surgical center options, we can arrange to perform your procedure in the location that is most convenient for you. In every office, our highly trained and specialized staff provides you the privacy, comfort, and expertise you deserve.

We invite you for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Deal, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Gusching, or Dr. Kluska. Together, we'll explore your aesthetic goals and work toward revealing your own natural beauty.

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