The Center for Weight Management at Gwinnett Medical Center announced a new intragastric balloon procedure. GMC now offers a new non-surgical solution, the Orbera™. It received FDA approval in August.
According to Robert Richard, MD, the center’s medical director, Orbera is ideal for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 who have attempted more conservative weight reduction alternatives like diet and exercise.
According to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, U.S. obesity rates have doubled since 1980 and remain the highest rates among all high-income countries worldwide. If obesity trends in the U.S. continue at this same rate, it is estimated that by 2030, roughly half of all men and women will be obese.
The two-part program starts with the durable balloon filling space in a patient’s stomach to reinforce proper portion control. The second portion involves patient monitoring and support. At six months, the balloon is deflated and removed through a non-surgical procedure done under a mild sedative.
In comparison to surgical options, where patients participate in a number of medical consultations, support groups and other life coaching programs, Orbera is a less complex medical procedure due to the non-surgical nature.
“While there are both physical and mental obstacles in weight loss, having another option for patients provides an incredible sense of satisfaction and opportunity,” says Rebecca Gomez, licensed clinical psychologist at GMC’s Center for Weight Management.
According to Gomez, obesity is also influenced by a variety of behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that can include unhealthy diet, inactivity, lack of sleep, pregnancy, medications, medical problems and metabolism issues.