Your questions, answered.

You may have some more questions about BIB®. Here are the top questions asked, and the answers you need to make your decision.

About the BIB® Managed Weight Loss System.


  • How much weight can I lose with BIB® balloon?
  • 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 behaviour 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 BIB®/ORBERA® clinical study has shown that weight loss varies from person to person. On average, patients lost 3.1x the weight of those that were on a diet and exercise program alone. In the US clinical study patients lost an average of 15 kgs.1
  • What happens if the BIB® balloon leaks or deflates in the stomach?
  • The original balloon2 has been used in over 295,000 cases and reviewed in over 250 published global clinical papers, and balloon deflation is uncommon and occurs in less than 1% of procedures. 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 BIB® balloon?
  • Published clinical studies of the orginal BIB®/ORBERA® balloon2 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?


  • 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?
  • Orbera has been used for over 20 years in many countries. Common side effects include nausea and vomiting, which may last for 2 weeks. Your HCP may prescribe medication to help minimize these effects. More serious events are reported to occur in less than 1% of patients and you should immediately contact your physician with any severe or unusual symptoms. Discuss the full range of risks and benefits with your doctor prior to the procedure.
  • How do gastric balloons help people lose weight?
  • Once in place, the gastric balloon is filled with saline to partially fill the stomach so that you may consume smaller portions of food. Most weight is lost in the first three months1, but because the gastric balloon stays in for up to twelve months, you will learn the right amount of food to eat to maintain your new weight long term.

What else should I know?


  • 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.


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