Simmons MD

Weight Loss Clinic in Miami, FL

Steps to a Healthier You


If you are looking for an excellent weight loss practice in Miami, look no further! Many individuals desire to lose weight but do not wish to undergo bariatric surgery. Simmons MD Miami-based weight loss practice’s unique approach and non-surgical weight loss options help our patients reach their weight loss goals.

Start your life-changing journey at Simmons MD Advanced Weight loss Solutions with Dr. Okeefe Simmons, one of the leading weight loss doctors in Miami and the surrounding areas. (Aventura office)

Our unique approach

First in Miami
First in Miami

First center in South Florida offering advanced weight loss solutions, including endoscopic procedures and various medication options

Multiple weight loss options
Multiple weight loss options

We offer diet and lifestyle counseling, medications, and proven non-surgical weight loss procedures

weight loss plan
Personalized weight loss plan

We start with a patient-physician discussion to develop your individualized weight loss plan

Flexible schedule
Flexible schedule

Virtual or in-person consultation available


Orbera® Gastric Balloon is a non-surgical weight loss option designed to help individuals achieve significant weight loss and adopt healthier lifestyle habits. The procedure involves placing a soft, silicone balloon in the stomach, which promotes feelings of fullness and reduces food intake, leading to sustainable weight loss.

Procedure Overview

During the Orbera gastric balloon procedure, a deflated silicone balloon is inserted into your stomach endoscopically. It is strategically positioned and then inflated with saline solution until it is around the size of a medium grapefruit.
The procedure takes about 20 minutes and then you are free to go home – no overnight hospital stay is required. Most patients recover in two to three days and can return to their normal activities.

Key Benefits

  • Non-Surgical: No incisions or surgery required; the balloon is inserted endoscopically.
  • Effective Weight Loss: Helps patients lose 20-50 pounds on average within six months.
  • Comprehensive Support: Includes a 12-month program with dietitians and support to maintain weight loss.

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Dr. Okeefe Simmons graduated from medical school at the University of Miami followed by Internal Medicine residency at the University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center. He then completed four years of fellowship training at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and Cornell Medicine / New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He is the first triple fellowship-trained physician in gastroenterology, bariatric endoscopy, and obesity medicine in the country. Dr. Simmons has clinical, procedural, and research expertise in these areas – he has completed well over 2000 endoscopic procedures, and has authored multiple research papers and textbook chapters. He also currently teaches University of Miami gastroenterology fellowship trainees at the Miami Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

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Dr. Simmons is very good and caring. He takes his time and I am extremely happy with everyone .the office staffs are wonderful and also very caring. Thank you for all you have done and still do for me.

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Dr. Okeefe is great. The balloon procedure was quick and has worked for me. After the procedure I lost 45 pounds (and counting!). His team has been awesome during this process



The Orbera gastric balloon is a temporary weight loss device that does not require surgery, incisions or leave any scarring. It has been used for decades all over the world to help patients lose weight. It was the first weight loss balloon to be developed and is the basis of all other weight loss balloons available today.
It is a common misconception that the installation of an IGB (intragastric balloon) requires surgery, but it does not. This non-surgical procedure is performed by a qualified gastroenterologist who is an expert in endoscopy.
Orbera has helped more than 300,000 patients worldwide lose weight. The non-surgical Orbera procedure temporarily reduces the available space in your stomach so you feel full faster and adopt healthier habits that will become permanent lifestyle changes.
The Orbera weight loss balloon is meant to be used in conjunction with a low-calorie healthy diet and daily exercise to be most successful.
The balloon is removed from your stomach after six months but you should continue to practice your new healthy lifestyle habits to promote further weight loss and maintain your results.
For many patients, most weight loss occurs within the first 3 months of balloon placement. During this time the body and mind begin to adapt to the new portion sizes and feel full faster.
Some patients have reported tremendous weight loss results of over 100 pounds in a year after undergoing the Orbera gastric balloon procedure but the average is between 30-40 lbs in six months (Individual results may vary).
The Orbera balloon is a tool that aids in portion control and when utilized properly together with a healthy diet and exercise will help you maintain long-term results.
The Orbera balloon weight loss program is designed to help you lose weight and adopt habits that lead to a healthier lifestyle. Patients that have had the Orbera balloon historically lost up to three times as much weight as they could have through diet and exercising alone.

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