Wesley Medical Center August 17, 2016

WICHITA – Wesley Woodlawn Bariatric Surgery Center now offers the ORBERA™ intragastric balloon procedure, a non-surgical approach to treating obesity. Kansas currently has the 13th highest obesity rate in the nation with one in every three adults classified as obese, according to the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The struggle for many people trying to lose weight is often a never-ending roller coaster of yo-yo dieting and repeated attempts at different weight-loss programs. Bariatric surgery is an option for some, but oftentimes overweight individuals don’t fit the criteria or are not ready to sign up for a major surgery to lose weight. Obesity causes a number of serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.

“The balloon procedure is a great option for patients who need to lose weight, but don’t want to undergo a major bariatric surgery,” said Nick Brown, MD, Wesley Woodlawn’s Bariatric program medical director. “The best candidates for the procedure are motivated patients who body mass index is between 30 and 40 and who have not had success with other non-surgical weight-loss methods.”

The balloon procedure reduces the amount of space available in your stomach for food, without permanently altering your stomach.  An uninflated balloon is placed temporarily in the stomach through the mouth via a brief, non-surgical endoscopic procedure that is performed in an outpatient setting. The balloon is then filled with saline to about the size of a grapefruit. At six months, the balloon is removed, while the patient continues to work to keep the weight off.

The ORBERA balloon device has been used in more than 220,000 patients in 80 countries and received FDA approval for use in the U.S. on Aug. 5, 2015. Clinical trials have shown the average participant with this balloon treatment lost about three times more weight than was lost through diet and exercise alone over a six-month period.

“Patients that select the balloon procedure must have it done in combination with a structured diet and exercise program for it to be successful long-term,” Brown said. “The balloon is a simple tool to help individuals lose weight while developing a healthier lifestyle.”

Wesley Woodlawn Bariatric Surgery Center offers a world-class weight-loss program that includes experienced bariatric surgeons, a program coordinator, a dietician and a dedicated nursing staff all in a convenient, private and state-of-the-art facility. In addition to the non-invasive gastric balloon and endoscopic suturing procedures, the program offers minimally invasive options for surgical weight loss – gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding. Prospective patients can learn more about the program by attending a free seminar online at www.wesleybariatric.com.

The Wesley Woodlawn facility is ideal for bariatric procedures, offering door-side parking with all facility amenities located on one floor. The surgical suites feature the latest state-of-the-art technology and equipment, including operating rooms set up for the unique needs of minimally invasive procedures. All post-operative rooms are fitted with specialized equipment for the needs of bariatric patients.

Surgical weight loss is the latest new service to be offered at Wesley Woodlawn, formerly known as Galichia Heart Hospital. The facility recently expanded its cardiac and emergency services to include imaging, robotic surgery and geriatric services, among others. Learn more at www.wesleymc.com.

Wesley Healthcare is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912.  As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley Medical Center treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region.  Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Wesley Woodlawn ER, the region’s only pediatric ER and soon, Wesley Derby ER.  Wesley owns and operates Wesley Medical Center, Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, multiple WesleyCare clinics and is currently building the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com.