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Sturdy Memorial Hospital now offers ORBERA™ Instragastric Balloon

A new non-surgical weight loss solution

Sturdy Memorial Hospital is one of the first hospitals in Massachusetts to offer the ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon, a minimally invasive bariatric procedure aimed to help patients lose weight. The balloon, developed by Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a weight loss solution. Dr. Amandeep Singh, Director of Bariatric Endoscopy and gastroenterologist at Attleboro Gastroenterology Associates is one of five doctors in Massachusetts currently trained in the procedure.

The ORBERA™ balloon is part of the ORBERA™ Management Weight Loss System, consisting of a non-surgical procedure in addition to nutrition and exercise coaching through Sturdy’s Wellness Program. The procedure is designed for adults with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40, who have been unsuccessful with other weight loss alternatives. Data collected in the U.S. clinical trial has shown that the average person lost 3.1 times the weight with ORBERATM as compared with diet and exercise alone within six months.

The device is a fluid filled balloon that is placed in a patient’s stomach through the mouth by a specially trained gastroenterologist. The balloon is then filled with saline until it is the size of a grapefruit and remains in the stomach for six months. The balloon provides patients with the sensation of feeling full as the balloon occupies space in the stomach. This helps with portion control and leads to effective weight loss.

In addition to the balloon procedure, patients receive tailored support and education through Sturdy’s Wellness Program including nutrition counseling and exercise therapy. The comprehensive program helps patients break through weight loss barriers and allows them to meet their long-term weight loss goals. Although the balloon is only in place for six months, the coaching lasts for a year.

“This non-surgical solution may fill the gap for those who are not appropriate for, or not considering weight loss surgery, and for whom diet and exercise alone have not worked,” explained Dr. Singh. “This offers a temporary and much less invasive option while helping people learn healthy habits to keep the weight off over time.”

For more information on ORBERA™ available at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, or to schedule an appointment, please contact
Dr. Amandeep Singh’s office at 508-222-2021.