MountainStar Health
April 23, 2016

Lone Peak Surgery Center is the first in the state to offer an innovative and effective solution for adults battling weight gain. This new, non-surgical procedure features an intragastric balloon that is temporarily placed in the stomach to reinforce portion control. After six months with the balloon and following a customized diet and exercise plan for the rest of the year, people lose an average 3.1 times the weight they would with diet and exercise alone.

Walter Medlin, M.D. F.A.C.S, bariatric surgeon, is a leader in bringing this new, non-surgical procedure to the state. Currently, he is the only specially trained physician in Utah performing it, and he does so exclusively at Lone Peak Surgery Center. Nationwide, only 200 physicians offer this weight loss device.

“The balloon is an empowering step with proven results that can build confidence,” noted Walter Medlin, M.D., F.A.C.S. Lone Peak Surgery Center. “It’s a good solution for people who are gaining weight despite trying multiple diets and exercise regiments, but don’t want to have weight loss surgery. It can be effective in stopping the progression toward obesity, at which point more invasive treatments become necessary.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon in 2015 to assist adults struggling with weight loss, specifically those with a body mass index of 30 to 40. Over the past 20 years in more than 80 countries worldwide, more than 220,000 people have benefited from this non-surgical weight loss solution. During the U.S. clinical trial, participants who used the balloon lost more weight than those who did not, an average of 21.8 pounds compared to an average of 7 pounds.

“We’re excited to play a key role in bringing the balloon procedure to Utahns who are looking for an effective but non-invasive weight loss option,” says Dan Liston, administrator, Lone Peak Surgery Center. “We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Medlin as he helps people achieve their goal of losing the extra pounds hindering their lifestyles and self-esteem while jeopardizing good health.”

“We’re excited to play a key role in bringing the balloon procedure to Utahns who are looking for an effective but non-invasive weight loss option,” says Dan Liston, administrator, Lone Peak Surgery Center. “We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Medlin as he helps people achieve their goal of losing the extra pounds hindering their lifestyles and self-esteem while jeopardizing good health.”

Patients start counseling soon after the balloon placement and continue for an entire year via in-person and online consultations. Approximately six months into the program, the balloon is removed in the same manner as it was originally placed.

Patients start counseling soon after the balloon placement and continue for an entire year via in-person and online consultations. Approximately six months into the program, the balloon is removed in the same manner as it was originally placed.

Patients start counseling soon after the balloon placement and continue for an entire year via in-person and online consultations. Approximately six months into the program, the balloon is removed in the same manner as it was originally placed.

  • Have a BMI between 30 and 40, or are 50 to 90 pounds overweight
  • Must be willing to commit to a year-long behavioral and lifestyle change program
  • May not qualify for more invasive weight loss surgeries
  • Patients with a lower or higher BMI can be individually evaluated

Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight; 30 or above is classified as obese. Based on the most recent data, one in four Utah adults are obese and the state’s overall obesity rate is 25.7 percent. An estimated 160 million Americans are either obese or overweight.