As a result of a recent study, some patients are choosing a medical weight loss clinic over a surgical weight loss clinic. At Dr. Marlowe’s Weight Loss Institute, we perform medical weight loss, not surgery.

For the majority of patients who experience weight loss through non-surgical methods, they have far less reflux and many of them no longer need to take their heartburn medicines.

However, surgical weight loss (bariatric surgery) can cause increased reflux. This recent journal article discusses a case where a patient developed pre-cancerous esophagus (“Barrett’s esophagus”) after having LapBand surgery. Although the complication of developing cancer from LapBand bariatric surgery is rare, it is not unexpected.

Barrett’s esophagus: a late complication of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.

If you seek non-surgical options for weight loss in Charlotte, call our office to schedule an appointment.