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Published on September 30, 2016

Gundersen adds new non-surgical weight-loss procedure to line-up

Gundersen Health System has long offered bariatric surgery with outcomes that outperform national averages. We were among the first in the area to offer surgical options including laparoscopic gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.

Gundersen now offers a non-surgical option with the ORBERA intragastric balloon. It is an ideal choice for your patients with a body mass index of 30 to 40 who have attempted more conservative weight-loss options without success.

Under anesthesia, a soft, durable silicone balloon is endoscopically placed in the stomach and filled with saline to about the size of a grapefruit. The balloon, now filling up much of the stomach, is left in for six months and then removed.

The intragastric balloon is used in conjunction with a yearlong supervised diet and behavior modification program. Clinical trial has shown an average weight loss that is 3.1 times greater over those six months than with diet and exercise alone. Cost includes the procedure and one year of follow-up visits with a Gundersen registered dietitian.

The intragastric balloon is an option for your patients who may not qualify for weight-loss surgery. It’s also a medically supervised option for your patients who need to lose weight to qualify for another surgery such as orthopaedic surgery, or to improve outcomes as with fertility treatments.

Anyone considering a weight-loss procedure, including ORBERA intragastric balloon, should attend a free, one-hour informational seminar Understanding Your Weight Management Options. To register, your patient can call (608) 775-0055 or register online.

If you have any questions about the intragastric balloon procedure, please contact the Gundersen Bariatric Surgery Center via MedLink at (800) 336-5465. In La Crosse, call (608) 775-5465.

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