Gastric Balloon Surgery Melbourne

What is the weight loss balloon program?

We all know how hard it can be to lose weight, not to mention keeping it off. But maintaining a healthy weight is vital for your body to function at its best and to get the most out of life.

Our non-surgical weight loss program helps patients to safely and rapidly lose weight while developing healthy lifestyle habits for long-term weight loss.

The comprehensive two-part program combines a clinically tested and proven medical device combined with the support of a team of professionals and a customised diet and exercise plan.

During the first 6 months of the program, patients lose an average 10 to 15kgs, with most weight lost in the first 3 months.


How does the Orbera program work?

The first stage involves a day hospital procedure called a gastroscopy during which a soft gastric balloon will be placed into your stomach. You will be lightly sedated for the procedure, which takes about 20 minutes. You may need about three days of inactivity to fully recover.

The balloon remains in place for 6 months and works by taking up space in your stomach encouraging portion control. With less space in your stomach, you will eat less. The average weight loss during this stage of the program is 10 to 15kgs.

The second part of the program is all about helping you to maintain your weight loss. You will work with a dietitian to develop a diet and exercise program tailored just for you. This program will help you to continue to make healthy lifestyle choices and achieve and maintain your goal weight long after the gastric balloon is removed.


How do I know if the weight loss program is suitable for me?

To be eligible to participate in our weight loss program, you must be aged 18 or over with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of above 27. You must also be willing to take part in a medically supervised program for 12 months.

If you are eligible, please visit your General Practitioner for a referral to see Dr Nathan Connelly at our consulting rooms in Essendon, or alternatively via teleconferencing if you are interstate.

Once you have a referral, please contact us on 03 9372 0372 or email to make an appointment. At your appointment, Dr Connelly will talk with you about your weight loss goal and what to expect from the program. If you decide to proceed, we will book your procedure as soon as possible on a day that is suitable for you.


Am I guaranteed results?

Like any weight loss program, your results depend on your commitment to the program and willingness to adopt new lifestyle choices. Clinical evidence has shown an average 10-15kgs in weight loss in the first six months, and 3 times the weight loss in 12 months compared with diet and exercise alone. But everyone is different and results will differ from person to person.



The cost will depend on your individual treatment plan and will be discussed with you at your first consultation. No Medicare rebates are available.

If you’d like to know more, please contact us on 03 9372 0372 via our contact page or by email,


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