Have you struggled to lose weight and keep it off? Are you serious about making a permanent change? If so, we can help.

GIA 180 is a comprehensive weight loss program designed to work with patients to reach a healthy weight in a healthy way. Led by the trusted physicians and team at Gastrointestinal Associates, GIA 180 uses a balanced, multifaceted and surgery-free approach.

Participants in the GIA 180 program complete a minimum one-year program focused on lifestyle changes, and they benefit from a team of health care professionals who provide instruction on diet and exercise, medical oversight of treatment, encouragement and accountability.

GIA 180 has two tracks: one designed for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) from 30-40 and another for those with a higher BMI. For those with a BMI higher than 40, treatment will start with a weight loss plan and a breakthrough weight loss pill to help reach a BMI of 40 or below.

If your BMI falls in the 30-40 range, you are a candidate for either the ORBERA™ Managed Weight Loss Program or ReShape™ Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedure. These intragastric balloon options are placed in your stomach to reinforce portion control as you learn healthy habits. After the balloon is removed, you’ll continue working with the GIA 180 health care team to help ensure long-term results.


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ORBERA™ Managed Weight Loss Program

ORBERA™ is the global market leader for gastric balloons and the only balloon to be recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for having demonstrated its ability to safely and effectively manage obesity.

ORBERA has a more than 20-year history of helping people lose weight, and more than 220,000 people across 80 countries have chosen ORBERA as their weight loss balloon. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it for use in the United States in August 2015.

To qualify for ORBERA, you must be an adult with a BMI from 30-40. The ORBERA soft balloon is placed in your stomach using an endoscope (a nonsurgical procedure requiring only a mild sedative). Once in place, the balloon is filled with saline until it’s about the size of a grapefruit. By taking up space in your stomach, it reinforces portion control, helping you eat smaller meals for a period of up to six months. You will continue to receive coaching from a team of experts after the balloon is removed to help ensure long-term results.

At six months, the balloon is removed in the same way it was placed. It’s deflated and then removed using an endoscope while you are under mild sedation. Both procedures typically take about 20-30 minutes, so you can go home the same day.

The ORBERA comprehensive two-part program is designed to provide effective, motivating results that you can see and measure. With ORBERA, patients on average lose 3.1 times the weight they would with diet and exercise alone.

Note: The ORBERA™ Managed Weight Loss Program is a cash pay procedure and currently is not covered by medical insurance. Financing is available.

ReShape™ Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedure

The ReShape Procedure is a new, FDA approved, nonsurgical approach to weight loss that is proven to help people achieve and maintain significant weight loss. The ReShape Procedure was designed specifically for patients with a lower BMI (from 30-40). In a recent study, patients lost more than twice as much weight with ReShape than with diet and exercise alone. Most ReShape patients keep the weight off or continue to lose, even after the balloons are removed.

With ReShape, two connected balloons filled with saline are placed temporarily inside your stomach in an outpatient medical setting. The procedure lasts about 20 minutes while you are comfortably sedated under light anesthesia. The balloons remain in the stomach for six months, helping you lose weight and encouraging healthy eating habits by taking up room in your stomach. You still can eat the healthy foods you enjoy, but the balloons act as built-in portion control, helping you feel full and less hungry.

The balloons are a weight loss jump-start and are only part of the process. You also receive a full year of personalized coaching to support your success and help you make changes that will encourage a lifetime of healthy living. ReShape combines the portion-controlling benefits of the balloons with comprehensive coaching to change your eating habits, enhance your physical fitness and help you adopt a healthy lifestyle that supports long-term success.

ReShape may be a good weight loss option for people who do not want or do not qualify for surgery.

Note: The ReShape™ Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedure is a cash pay procedure and currently is not covered by medical insurance. Financing is available.

From hopeless to happy, from 205 to 151

Ramona’s Story

As a 54-year-old woman, I didn’t just wake up obese one day. It was years of bad habits and lack of control that made and kept me overweight. I had attempted many weight loss methods and would typically lose 10 to 15 pounds and then gain it back. It was a vicious cycle of gain, lose a little, gain more. The constant up and down was defeating, and I could not get motivated!

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John’s Story

Before GIA 180, I had a history of gaining weight, dropping 10 pounds and then gaining it back. I was working out, but with no real purpose in mind. I basically ate whatever I wanted. Portion control and calories meant nothing to me. When the doctor put me on a second medication for Type 2 diabetes and started talking about insulin, it was like shock therapy.

I thought: This is going to kill you if you don’t do something about it.

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Are you a yo-yo dieter, stuck in a loop of losing and regaining weight?

Have you noticed the scale numbers creeping up over the last few years and need to deal with the extra weight? Perhaps you’ve had a recent diagnosis of diabetes, high blood pressure or other obesity-related issue and know that losing weight is the best way to improve your health.

Whatever the motivation for change, we hope you will take the important first step to success by contacting GIA 180 for more information and get started with your individualized weight loss program.