Is There a “Happy Middle-Ground” Weight Loss Procedure?

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Anonymous (a patient from Colorado)

4 Common Types of Weight Loss Surgery

4 Common Types of Weight Loss Surgery

I had the Gastric Balloon and just got it removed. I’m a little disappointed though because I didn’t lose as much weight as I wanted to. I am 5’9 and now 275 pounds – I started at 308 pounds. I was thinking about getting another procedure to help me reach my weight goal (180 – 200 pounds) but I’m not sure which one would be best for me. My number one goal is to get my weight down, but hardcore surgery scares me a little bit too. Is there a “happy middle-ground” procedure? Any advice would be much appreciated!

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Surgeon Response to "Is There A 'Happy Middle-Ground' Weight Loss Procedure?"

by: John Rabkin, M.D., Pacific Laparoscopy


Although I would strongly recommend that you reconsider your surgical weight loss options (such as the sleeve gastrectomy) which are highly effective and very safe (and which you shouldn't be scared of!), there are other non-operative weight loss solutions in development as well as one now marketed in addition to the intra-gastric balloon that you've already trialed.

The Aspire system is a newly FDA approved non-operative device/procedure which involves endoscopic (through the mouth) placement of a valve device which is placed into your abdominal wall connecting to the inside your stomach to allow for partial external drainage (into the toilet) of your consumed food after your meals. This allows you to eat more but not absorb all of the calories that you eat.

If you remain convinced that you don't want to pursue your surgical options, you can find out more about this device/procedure on this AspireAssist page .

Best regards,

John Rabkin, M.D.
Pacific Laparoscopy

(click here for Dr. Rabkin's full bio & contact info)

DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the details provided. The above should never replace the advice of your local physicians as they have the ability to evaluate you in person.

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