Coliseum Health System October 06, 2015

Macon, GA – Coliseum Northside Hospital announced that it has completed its first Orbera Intragastric Balloon procedure. Coliseum Northside is the first and only hospital south of Atlanta to offer the Orbera balloon as a weight loss option. The procedure was done by Dr. John Bagnato.

During the procedure, the physician inserts a balloon in the stomach during a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure. In other words the balloon is placed down the patient's throat while they are under a mild sedation. With the balloon in place, the patient will feel full faster and eat less. The balloon can stay in place for up to 6 months, after which it is deflated and removed. This system is for obese adults with a body mass index of 30 to 40 and who have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise alone.

Dr. Bagnato said, “This procedure is great for patients who need to lose weight but who are not interested in surgical procedures that are more invasive. The balloon is placed endoscopically so there are no incisions and virtually no recovery time. It’s a great option for someone who has struggled to lose weight on their own.”

According to the CDC, approximately 30% of Georgia’s adults are obese. Obesity leads to health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease. Coliseum Northside Hospital has proven to be a leader in the fight against obesity by offering Lap-Band. By adding the Orbera balloon system, patients now have more options. Both procedures are safe and can be a great weight loss tool for someone who is struggling with their weight.

For more information about Orbera or any other services available at Coliseum Northside Hospital, call Consult-A-Nurse® at (478) 746-4646.