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Endoscopic Weight Loss Program


The Johns Hopkins Endoscopic Weight Loss Program

If you’re struggling with your weight, you’re not alone. More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese and many have medical conditions that affect their weight. Some have tried various diets and fitness programs with little or no success. With so much available nutrition and weight loss information, most people don’t know where to begin, or how to get the results they want.

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Aspiration Therapy | Q&A

Aspiration therapy is a new weight loss solution for people with obesity. Vivek Kumbhari, M.B.Ch.B., director of bariatric endoscopy, and clinical registered nurse Margo Dunlap answer questions about aspiration therapy, including details about the procedure and how to use the device on a daily basis.

Balloon Weight Loss Program | Q&A

Vivek Kumbhari, director of bariatric endoscopy for Johns Hopkins, answers questions about the gastric balloon for weight loss procedure, including how it works, how much weight you can lose and how long it takes.


Vivek Kumbhari and Margo Dunlap

New Endoscopic Approaches to Weight Loss
Even though bariatric surgery can be a very effective long-term weight loss solution, only a fraction of those who need to lose weight qualify for this intervention—and of those, about 1 to 2 percent choose bariatric surgery over other weight loss methods.

Kim Gudzune

More Than One Tool in the Toolbox
“Based on past experiences, many physicians perceive medical weight loss as only dispensing medications like phentermine to help patients lose weight,” bariatrician Kimberly Gudzune says, referring to the stimulant first approved by the FDA for appetite suppression in 1959. “That’s not our goal at the Johns Hopkins Digestive Weight Loss Center.”

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