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Weight Loss

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.

Weight Loss Q & A

The Spatz3 Adjustable Balloon System is the world’s first and only adjustable gastric balloon. This non-surgical weight loss solution offers patients a higher weight loss success rate than ever before. With the highest weight loss results and highest success rates of all 8-month gastric balloons, the Spatz3 has proven to have an 84% success rate and 15% weight loss, far exceeding every non-adjustable balloon in non-comparative studies. In addition, FDA Clinical Trials show that Spatz balloon patients lost five times as much weight as those on diet alone.

Spatz Medical is committed to the patient’s journey, helping them achieve their weight loss goals, while learning to listen to body cues that ultimately contribute to long-term weight management success. The Spatz3’s proven success rate encourages and inspires those looking to start their journey to health and happiness.

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 four non-surgical weight loss options:


The Spatz3 adjustable balloon system is a non-surgical weight loss option thatspatz3 held in hand features an adjustable balloon to help you successfully lose weight. It is the first and only system to use an adjustable balloon, which Dr. Ibegbu can adjust up or down to change the volume of the balloon to optimize your results.

In FDA clinical trials, the Spatz3 system helps patients lose five times as much weight than those on a diet. The system has a proven 84%* success rate over non-adjustable gastric balloons.

* non - comparative studies - cannot draw firm conclusions


Obalon® Balloon System, the FIRST and ONLY FDA-approved, non-surgical and 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.


To find out if nonsurgical weight loss is right for you, call Atlantic Medical Group to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.

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

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