New Option Offered for Weight-Loss Patients

October 21, 2015

Bariatric surgeon Jay Michael Snow, M.D., now offers

a new, non-invasive option to weight-loss surgery

at Mercy Hospital Jefferson.

CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. – The weight-loss surgery program at Mercy Hospital Jefferson has hundreds of success stories, and it is now available to even more patients looking for assistance in reducing and maintaining a healthy weight.

Bariatric surgery is generally restricted to patients more than 100 pounds overweight, but a new non-invasive procedure by Dr. Jay Michael Snow provides new hope for patients with less weight to lose and a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40.

“We are the first in the area to offer the new Orbera intragastric balloon system for patients who have tried other weight loss options, but were unable to lose weight or keep weight off,” Dr. Snow said. “This is a 12-month program that includes a healthy diet and exercise plan supervised by physicians, nutritionists and other support staff.”

The comprehensive program begins with placement of the Orbera device in the stomach for six months to encourage portion control. The outpatient procedure requires no incisions anywhere on the patient.

“After six months the balloon is removed and your support team will guide you in making healthy lifestyle choices to help you retrain your appetite, adopt new habits and establish an exercise program,” Snow said.

During clinical trials patients in the Orbera group lost more than 10 percent of their total body weight in six months compared to 3.3 percent in the control group, and they were able to maintain the weight loss over a 12-month period.

The system has been in use in more than 80 countries worldwide for more than 20 years, but was only recently approved in the US by the Food and Drug Administration. The balloon is placed in the stomach through the mouth under mild sedative as an out-patient procedure.

“The balloon is filled with saline until it’s about the size of a grapefruit,” Dr, Snow said. “At six months it’s removed the same way. It is an incision-less solution for patients who are not appropriate or choose not to undergo invasive surgery.”

Mercy Hospital Jefferson also offers surgical solutions to those who are more than 100 pounds overweight. However, the new procedure is for those who would not qualify for surgery, said Judy Skaggs, program director at Mercy Hospital Jefferson.

“They may be 40 to 100 pounds overweight and may not have the same serious health issues that surgery patients have,” Skaggs said. “Thios procedure is an excellent alternative for patients who do not want to undergo invasive weight-loss surgery or for those who don’t have excessive amounts of weight to lose.”

Dr. Snow has performed thousands of non-invasive procedures and is currently scheduling patients for consultations. View the upcoming seminar schedule at

To find out more about the Orbera system and other weight-loss options at Mercy Jefferson call Judy Skaggs at 636-933-8135 or visit the website

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