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FirstHealth Weight-Loss Surgeons Trained in Non-Surgical Procedure

| Date Posted: 12/14/2016

David W. Grantham, M.D.

David Grantham, M.D.

PINEHURST – The two bariatric surgeons at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital have been trained in a procedure that has added a non-surgical option to FirstHealth’s surgical weight-loss program.

The minimally invasive ORBERA Intragastric Balloon procedure involves the minimally invasive placement of a balloon in a patient’s stomach to reinforce portion control.  Appropriate patients are adults who typically have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40, although this can be flexible. These patients want to lose weight and maintain their weight loss while participating in a medically supervised program.

The 12-month ORBERA program combines the temporary balloon with nutritional coaching and exercise programs. Although the balloon is removed after six months, the coaching continues for another six months.

“We recognize obesity as a chronic disease so we are pleased to be able to offer a third option, the minimally invasive ORBERA solution, to the FirstHealth Bariatrics program,” says David Grantham, M.D., of FirstHealth Bariatrics. “This non-surgical treatment can help transform the lives of patients before their disease progresses to the point that they require more invasive treatment.”

Results of a clinical trials study presented during Digestive Disease Week 2015 showed that within six months the average ORBERA patient lost 3.1 times the weight of patients who attempted weight loss with diet and exercise alone.

Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States, the ORBERA treatment offers a path that does not require traditional weight-loss surgery to some of the more than 78.6 obese adults in the United States. During a procedure, the patient is sedated and a thin, deflated balloon is placed into his/her stomach. The balloon is then filled with saline until it is about the size of a grapefruit, which reinforces proper portion control.

The procedure typically takes 20 to 30 minutes, and the patient generally goes home the same day. After six months, the balloon is removed the same way it was placed – through a non-surgical procedure when the patient is mildly sedated. The balloon is deflated and then removed.

Weight-loss is rapid with most of the weight typically occurring during the first three months.

In addition to the non-surgical ORBERA balloon treatment, FirstHealth Bariatrics also offers two surgical weight-loss procedures: Roux-en-Y divided gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.

For more information about FirstHealth’s bariatric program, visit or call (910) 715-1919.


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