Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedures

If you have 30 to 50 pounds to lose - and diet and exercise haven't worked for you - take advantage of one of the revolutionary non-surgical weight-loss procedures at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Center in Sioux Falls, SD. They're safe, effective and recommended to those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40.

Innovative & Minimally Invasive Procedures

You can lose weight and potentially lower your risk of serious weight-related health conditions without surgery when you take advantage of our endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) or ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon procedure.

During each of these minimally invasive procedures, a specially trained surgeon uses an endoscope, instead of an incision. Most patients are able to go home the same day and experience a quick recovery followed by rapid initial weight loss.

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG)

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) is the latest development in non-surgical weight loss - available exclusively at Avera McKennan with Bradley Thaemert, MD, FACS. You'll benefit from Dr. Thaemert's expertise, as the only board-certified surgeon in the Avera region with the specialized training required to offer ESG.

During this 60-minute procedure, Dr. Thaemert creates a smaller stomach by inserting an endoscope into the stomach through the mouth and performing an accordion-link suture pattern, closing down the stomach from the bottom to the top and forming a sleeve. ESG provides the restriction you need to lose weight without removing any part of the stomach.

Similar to the surgical options that Avera offers, this procedure requires a lifelong commitment to lifestyle change. You can expect to lose 53 percent of your excess weight - similar results to Lap Band surgery. In addition, it will allow you to feel full and potentially lose additional weight for several years.

ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon

With the ORBERA™ Intragastric Baloon procedure a balloon is inserted into the stomach via endoscope. You'll feel more satisfied and naturally eat less - helping you lose up to 3.1 times more weight than with diet and exercise alone. Learn more:

Comprehensive Care for Your Weight Loss Journey

Weight loss isn't a one time achievement. It's a lifelong journey. That's why our team is committed to caring for your entire being - mind, body and spirit - to help you achieve long-term weight loss success. Your multidisciplinary team may include:

  • Bariatric coordinator
  • Dietitians
  • Exercise professionals
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Surgeons

With any weight-loss procedure, your commitment to eat a nutritious diet and exercise are also important to your success. That's why each procedure includes consultations with a registered dietitian before and after your procedure. You'll receive the guidance and encouragement you need to make healthy changes and maintain weight loss.

Financing Options

As new procedures, ESG and ORBERA are not covered by health insurance. However, if you receive a diagnosis of obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes, other options may be available to help make non-surgical weight loss procedures more affordable, such as:

  • Pay with a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA). For example, eligible patients may save up to 31 percent of the total cost of the procedure by leveraging one of these tax-advantage accounts.
  • Take advantage of tax deductions to help with the cost.

To learn more, talk with your tax advisor or the administrator of your HSA or FSA account.

Start your weight-loss journey today!

If you want to experience the benefits of significant weight loss, simply fill out and submit this form. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to set up a consultation and find a non-surgical procedure that fits you best..

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