Dr. Merriman of Freedom From Obesity® is the most experienced bariatric (weight loss) surgeon in the Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana region. Through dedication and a commitment to new innovations in surgical obesity help, Dr. Merriman has remained at the forefront of the bariatric surgery industry. Our practice offers everything from effective surgical weight loss solutions to comprehensive support, educational resources, information, dietary guidance, and emotional support.
We offer a variety of different surgical options for our patients including Lap Band or gastric banding surgery, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Revisional Surgery. Our patients considering bariatric surgery attend a free information session prior to surgery to ensure they are fully aware of the process and the expected results. They also receive ongoing monthly support group meetings with the goal of sustaining increased health and well being while attaining weight loss goals.
Compassionate & Kind Approach
Dr. Merriman offers a kind and compassionate approach and provides each of his patients with the tools they need for success well after their surgery. Our website has many informational resources and videos for guidance and education. Please browse our website and then contact us to schedule an initial consultation in our office. We are conveniently located near to the areas of Shreveport, Louisiana, Longview, Texas, and Bossier City, Louisiana.
We are ready to assist you in your journey towards weight loss, improved health, and enhanced well being. If you are ready to explore obesity help through weight loss surgery, contact us today by calling 318-222-4282.
What is the OBALON Balloon System for Weight Loss?
By George R. Merriman II, MD, FACS
What is Obalon? …..The Obalon Balloon System is the first FDA approved swallowable intragastric balloon system to facilitate weight loss in adults with obesity (BMI of 30 – 40) who have failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. This novel, nonsurgical, fully-reversible device for weight loss consists of a balloon folded inside a capsule that is swallowed by the patient, with no sedation or anesthesia required. Once the balloon reaches the stomach, it is remotely inflated with gas via a micro-catheter that is then removed, leaving a buoyant balloon in the stomach. Each actual placement process is less than 10 minutes on average. A fully inflated single balloon is about the size of a small orange and weighs approximately 3 grams (about what a penny weighs).