Orbera Specialist
With one-third of American adults struggling with obesity, it’s no wonder it’s one of the nation’s biggest problems. Darrien Gaston, MD, FACP, FACG, has been performing non-invasive, nonsurgical OrberaⓇ since it was FDA approved. At Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants, Dr. Gaston has performed more of these stomach balloon procedures than any other doctor in the Chicago area. If you’re looking for an expert in weight loss, contact Dr. Gaston. Call the office or book your appointment online today.

Orbera Q & A

by Darrien Gaston, MD, FACP, FACG

What is OberaⓇ?

Obera is a non-surgical, stomach balloon procedure that allows patients to lose up to three times as much weight than with diet and exercise alone. While Obera is designed for individuals who need to lose a significant amount of weight, you must be willing to adapt to a healthy lifestyle that includes small, healthy meals, and regular exercise. The FDA approved Obera in August of 2015, and by 2016, Dr. Gaston started performing the procedure.

Why have an Obera procedure?

Being overweight isn’t just hard on your self-esteem, it creates huge health risks. Carrying extra weight puts you at a higher risk for:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes

If you’re overweight, you may also experience more aches and pains as you age. Your body has to work harder to accomplish daily tasks, which causes more wear and tear on your bones, muscles, and joints.

Beyond the benefits of losing weight, Obera is a non-invasive, safe, and effective way to lose weight. Because the stomach balloon is temporary, there’s no permanent changes to your digestive system, as with weight-loss surgeries.

You also have the option of coaching and support to increase your success. With the help of a team of experts, you can learn the right way to nourish your body, and keep it moving. Learning to live a healthy life before Dr. Obera removes your stomach balloon is essential to weight loss success.

How does a stomach balloon work?

When Dr. Gaston does an Obera procedure, he places a balloon into your stomach that’s filled with a saline solution. The balloon stays in place for six months, taking up space in your stomach, and creating less room for food. This makes you less hungry, helps you feel full quickly, and stay full longer.

Dr. Gaston places the balloon through your mouth, which means there’s no surgery or incisions. Performed as an outpatient procedure, it takes about 20 minutes to complete.

With more procedures performed than any other gastroenterologist in Chicago, Dr. Gaston has the experience and know-how to help with your weight loss. Contact Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants today to schedule your appointment. Call or book online now.

*Individual results may vary


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