About 228,000 people underwent bariatric surgeries in 2017, which is roughly 1% of those who were eligible for bariatric surgery. Surgery can provide long-lasting and significant weight loss, but it isn’t your only option.
Eric Ibegbu, MD, and our team at Atlantic Medical Group provide nonsurgical weight loss options, including endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, the Obalon® Balloon System, ORBERA®, and AspireAssist®.
Here are some of the benefits of nonsurgical weight loss.
No incisions are needed
Because these procedures 一 endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, ORBERA, AspireAssist, and Obalon Balloon System 一 are minimally invasive and nonsurgical, you won’t have any incisions. There are no incision sites to care for, which reduces your risk of infection and pain, and your recovery is faster.
Nothing is removed
Unlike some surgical procedures (such as the vertical sleeve gastroplasty), nonsurgical weight loss procedures don’t require the removal of any part of your stomach.
Obalon and ORBERA create a sensation of being full thanks to a balloon filling up your stomach, and the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty reduces the size of your stomach through sutures.
No anesthesia needed
If you opt for Obalon, you don't need any anesthesia or sedation. You simply swallow a special capsule that contains the balloon. Orberea is a silicone balloon that is inserted into your stomach and helps you to learn to eat healthier portions.
The exception: Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is nonsurgical, but you still receive anesthesia to remain comfortable while the sutures are placed.
Proven weight loss
Dr. Ibegbu only offers weight loss solutions that are proven to promote weight loss. Each of these options can help you lose more weight than through diet and exercise alone.
For instance, the Obalon system has helped men and women lose twice as much weight as through lifestyle changes alone. You can lose up to 20% of your body weight within a year of endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty.
One of the biggest drawbacks of surgery is the downtime. It can take weeks to recover from surgery. Nonsurgical weight loss procedures are convenient and don’t require weeks of recovery.
For example, the placement of an Obalon balloon takes less than 10 minutes, and most people find this process to be simple and straightforward.
This also means less time off work and fewer disruptions to your daily schedule.
Complements your healthy lifestyle changes
Nonsurgical weight loss procedures can help you learn to eat healthier portions. This not only teaches you good eating habits, but it also helps you keep the weight off, even after the balloons are removed.
A boost to your self-esteem
It can be frustrating to work hard to lose weight and not see the results you want. Weight loss procedures can boost your confidence and empower you to continue to make healthy lifestyle changes, including practicing self-care, exercising regularly, and following a well-balanced, nutrient-dense diet.
Which option is right for you?
At Atlanta Medical Group, Dr. Ibegbu reviews your health history, explores your weight loss goals, and suggests the right option for you. To learn more about our nonsurgical weight loss options, call the location of your choice today. We have offices in Kinston and Jacksonville, North Carolina.