Robert Marvin, MD is the First Surgeon in Houston to Offer Effective New Reshape Weight Loss Procedure to His Practice

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Reshape Gastric Balloon procedure is a new non-surgical solution to aid weight loss, providing an alternative to traditional invasive weight loss surgeries.

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It works better than medical weight loss and has less risk than surgery.

Is the Gastric Balloon the missing component of the weight loss armamentarium? Up until now patients seeking medical advice for weight loss – often to treat associated medical problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or sleep apnea – have only had 2 options: medical weight loss which doesn’t work well long-term and surgery which, although effective, carries significant risk. These two areas of treatment are very far removed from one another and there appeared to be nothing to fill the gap. Now, the FDA-approved Gastric Balloon may be the answer to thousands of patients stranded in the middle.

Dr. Marvin is proud to offer this newly FDA-approved ReShape procedure because he advises that "It works better than medical weight loss and has less risk than surgery."

The Gastric Balloon is a plastic device placed into the stomach using a flexible endoscope without a general anesthetic. Once in place the balloon is filled to an amount based on the individual patient’s characteristics. The scope is removed and the patient is allowed to wake up from the sedation. Patients typically go home within 2 hours of the procedure. There can be a period of adjustment after balloon placement where the patient’s system becomes accustomed to the presence of the balloon. Mild dehydration can occur, but the procedure is generally considered low-risk.

Prior to Gastric Balloon placement the patient will enroll in a Program directed by Doctor Marvin which includes a comprehensive medical assessment, consultation with a registered dietician, and an appointment with an exercise specialist. The patient will be seen at regular intervals with ongoing education and assessment by Doctor Marvin and the other specialists. The Gastric Balloon is removed at a second endoscopic procedure after 6 months per the requirements of the FDA. The Program will cover 12 months, with medical and dietary assessments continuing after removal.

Although the Gastric Balloon is not permanent it facilitates significant weight loss after placement. Using better eating behavior reinforced with education sessions, weight loss can be expected to continue past the 6-month mark. Using this “reset” for eating behavior, a typical patient will be able to maintain a lower weight or extend the weight loss after the Gastric Balloon is removed.

Virginia, who was once the life of the party, suddenly came to the realization that she was overweight, aging, and was at her wit’s end about what to do. She had tried so many weight loss “schemes” in the past, losing hundreds of pounds only to quickly regain them back. When she heard about ReShape she happily explains, “I thought this is really what I need. I need the jumpstart. I need the support. And I’m a strong enough person that I can get on with this and be myself again.”

Dr. Robert Marvin Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Robert Marvin is a Board Certified Surgeon who specializes in Minimally-Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic Surgery) for the treatment of Morbid Obesity. He has additional Certification in Surgical Critical Care and has been recognized by the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons (ASBS) as a surgeon practicing at a Center of Excellence in Obesity Surgery. Dr. Marvin recently added Southwest Freeway Surgical Center, part of the Nobilis Health system, as a patient care resource. Southwest Freeway Surgical Center is an outpatient ambulatory surgery center offering patients a level of service comparable to a concierge and a convenient alternative to a hospital based-care. They are known for providing exceptional, personalized, patient care in their state-of -the-art facility.

If you are frustrated by years of dieting and exercise regimens that never seem to achieve adequate weight loss, then the Gastric Balloon may be the answer. If you are interested in our program or would just like to learn more about Dr. Marvin and his expertise, please call 713-993-7124 or visit More information on the Reshape procedure can be found at For more information on Southwest Freeway Surgical Center, visit

Dr. Marvin will discuss the Reshape procedure on Channel 11's Great Day Houston Medical Monday segment with Debra Duncan on March 21st at 9am.

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