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Non-surgical Weight Loss Specialist

Eric Ibegbu, MD -  - Gastroenterologist

Atlantic Medical Group

Eric Ibegbu, MD

Gastroenterologist & Bariatric Medicine located in Kinston, NC & Jacksonville, NC

Maintaining a healthy weight is essential at every stage of life. If a patient is too heavy, he or she is at risk of dangerous complications, such as heart disease and certain types of cancer. Dr. Eric Ibegbu offers nonsurgical weight loss treatment to overweight patients in Kinston and Jacksonville, North Carolina, as well as Virginia, Washington D.C., New York, Atlanta and even from around the world. To make an appointment for a weight loss consultation with Dr. Ibegbu, please contact Atlantic Medical Group today by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.

Non-Surgical Weight Loss Q & A

ORBERA patient testimonial


Why is it dangerous to carry excess weight?

If you’re heavier than you should be, you’re putting yourself at risk of developing other health problems that significantly reduce your quality of life. Some of these complications can even be fatal. Complications of being overweight include a higher risk of:

  • Certain cancers, including breast cancer
  • Back pain
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Stroke

In many cases, being overweight will also affect your mental health. If you’re carrying too much weight, you may deal with low self-esteem, depression, and other such issues.

How do patients know if they need to lose weight?

One of the easiest ways to figure out if you may need to lose weight is to calculate your body mass index, or BMI. To calculate this number, you’ll need your current height and weight. If your BMI is 25 or more, you may need to lose weight. If your BMI is 30 or more, weight loss is even more important.

What is nonsurgical weight loss?

Nonsurgical weight loss is a method of weight loss that doesn't require major surgery. It's safer and less invasive than surgical weight loss options, allowing you to lose weight quickly without worrying about serious side effects or complications.

How can a doctor help?

Dr. Ibegbu offers three nonsurgical weight loss options: Oblaon®, ORBERA® and AspireAssist®.

Obalon® Balloon System, the FIRST and ONLY FDA-approved, non-surgical swallowable, 3-balloon system for weight loss. Learn more about how Obalon® can help you by clicking here.

ORBERA is a gastric balloon made of silicone that works by reducing the amount of food you can eat at each meal. Dr. Ibegbu places it in your stomach so you can learn to eat healthier portion sizes. In most cases, the balloon will remain in your stomach for six months.

AspireAssist works by reducing the number of calories your body absorbs at each meal. During the procedure, Dr. Ibegbu places a thin tube in your stomach and connects it to a button on the outside of your body. Using this button, you'll be able to empty up to 30 percent of your meal into the toilet.

AspireAssist is an FDA-approved device that helps you limit your calorie intake without committing to permanent and expensive bariatric surgery. If you feel you may have eaten too much, you can drain up to 30% of your stomach contents with the press of a button. Dr. Ibegbu installs the device via a simple in-office procedure taking around 15 minutes and can remove it just as easily.

Each of these options offers different advantages for patients. Dr. Ibegbu will help you decide which is better for you. 

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