Bon Secours Offers Intragastric Balloon Procedure for Weight Loss

 Obesity, a chronic disease affecting millions of adults, can increase the risk of other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. As further demonstration of their commitment to improving the overall health of the Hampton Roads community, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System is pleased to announce it now offers the ORBERATM balloon, a nonsurgical procedure to assist adult patients suffering from obesity at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center and Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center.

“Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute is committed to offering options to help our patients achieve a healthy weight,” said Gregory F. Adams, MD, FACS, general and bariatric surgeon with Bon Secours Surgical Specialists.  “This procedure offers a new alternative for patients who do not meet the criteria for bariatric surgery but who need an additional tool to achieve their weight loss success.”

ORBERA is an incision-less solution for patients who are not candidates for or considering surgery, but for whom diet and exercise or pharmaceutical interventions have not worked. The silicone balloon is first deflated and placed into the stomach; it is then filled with saline until it’s about the size of a grapefruit. This fills the space in a patient’s stomach to reinforce proper portion control.

The procedure normally takes about 20-30 minutes and some patients can return home the same day. Once the balloon is in place, it stays for six months and a 12-month coaching program begins. The coaching program aids patients who might otherwise have minimal support in their weight loss journey or few options in the gap between diet, exercise and surgery.

Data on ORBERA collected in a multicenter, prospective, randomized, nonblinded comparative clinical trial has shown that patients with a BMI between 30 and 40 who used ORBERA lost 3.1 times the weight as compared with diet and exercise alone within six months. Additionally, the ORBERA group was able to maintain significant weight loss through month 12, six months after removal of the device.

“Obesity has become a critical health issue in our community,” said Eric J. DeMaria, MD, FACS, FASMBS, general and bariatric surgeons with Bon Secours Surgical Specialists. “Our goal is to help patients achieve significant, permanent weight loss so that they can lead healthier, more active lives.” There have been more than 220,000 ORBERA balloons implanted worldwide in over 80 countries.

Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System’s goal is to improve both the quality of care and access to obesity treatment for the citizens of Hampton Roads, driven in large part by the prevalence of high obesity rates in this region. Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center’s multidisciplinary team of specialists treats the whole person with a comprehensive plan, including psychological, nutritional, and physical evaluations, as well as counseling, support groups, and long-term coordination of care. To learn more about Virginia’s leading surgical weight loss, visit http://www.bonsecoursweightloss.com/