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Dakota Midday: New Weight Loss Procedure Offered In South Dakota

Dr. Brad Thaemert joins Dakota Midday to discuss a new weight loss procedure being offered in South Dakota. Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center is the exclusive site in South Dakota to offer a revolutionary weight-loss procedure that’s non-surgical and incision-free. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon by Apollo Endoscopy, Inc. This new minimally-invasive weight-loss procedure will be performed by board-certified surgeons, Brad Thaemert, MD, and David Strand, MD.

“This is a very exciting offering for patients who have struggled with weight loss,” Thaemert said. “It provides opportunity to lose more weight than with dieting and exercise alone, yet it’s not as extensive as other weight-loss surgical techniques.”

The balloon, inserted into the stomach via endoscope, occupies space to help patients feel satisfied, eat less – and lose weight.

Cara Hetland is the Director of Radio and Journalism Content for South Dakota Public Broadcasting.