ST. LOUIS, MO // March 10, 2016 // STLToday.com — We at St. Alexius NewStart, are excited to share that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved ORBERA™ to assist adult patients suffering from obesity – with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 – in losing and maintaining weight. ORBERA™ is a safe and effective weight loss solution with 20 years of global experience and real world results. More than 220,000 ORBERA™ balloons distributed worldwide in over 80 countries. St. Alexius NewStart will be one of the first in the country to offer this new tool in helping people achieve their weight loss goals.

The ORBERA™ balloon is part of the ORBERA™ Managed Weight Loss System, a comprehensive, non-surgical two-part program that includes a balloon filling space in a patient’s stomach to reinforce proper portion control. Data on ORBERA™ collected in the U.S. clinical trial has shown that the average person lost 3.1 times the weight as compared with diet and exercise alone within six months.

St. Alexius NewStart recognizes that obesity is a chronic disease and we are pleased to be able to offer new, minimally invasive solutions, like ORBERA™, to help transform the lives of patients before their disease progresses and requires more invasive treatment. For additional information regarding ORBERA™, please visit orbera.com and orbera.com/dfu. For more information on ORBERA™ at St. Alexius NewStart, please visit StAlexiusNewStart.com/Orbera.

ST. LOUIS, MO // February 24, 2016 — St. Alexius NewStart’s Norbert Richardson, MD, FACS, FASMBS, has returned as the Bariatric Medical Director at St. Alexius Hospital. He previously served as the bariatric program director with the NewStart program from August 2003 – May 2010 and August 2012 – July 2015.

Dr. Richardson is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He has performed over 2,000 laparoscopic bariatric surgeries and offers significant surgical expertise spanning numerous advanced laparoscopic procedures.

While at MU, he trained residents and fellows to perform advanced laparoscopic surgery, including bariatric surgery. Dr. Richardson was awarded the S. DeWeese, MD, Excellence in Arts and Science in the Operating Room: For Outstanding Commitment and Service to the Department of Surgery and its Residents and Fellows in June 2012.

“I am pleased to return to St. Alexius NewStart once again to be part of the most experienced Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence in Missouri, helping clinically obese patients improve their health and their quality of life…” said Richardson.

Dr. Richardson received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, and completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita in 1994 and has been in practice since then.