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About Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery

Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery is a premier surgery clinic conveniently located in Gulfport, Mississippi. With state-of-the-art treatments and accreditation from The Center of Excellence, the clinic stands at the forefront of weight loss and aesthetic advancements. Board-certified general surgeon Donald Balder, MD, brings over 25 years of experience to the clinic.

Dr. Balder’s passion for helping patients reach their health and wellness goals shines through every interaction, fostering a compassionate and supportive environment. The clinic's holistic approach with laparoscopic weight loss surgeries such as the gastric sleeve procedures, and extends to innovative solutions such as awake anesthesia for in-office laser liposuction (BeautiFILL with fat transfer), PDO thread lifts, and a variety of cuttting edge aesthetic procedures.

While weight loss surgery and body contouring are the clinic’s specialties, Dr. Balder’s broad range of expertise ensures that patients receive well-rounded care for optimal health and aesthetic outcomes.  He promotes total body health and optimization through his peptide programs, BioTE® hormone health, and IV therapies (coming 2024).

Dr. Balder graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois, with a degree in chemistry and earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago. His commitment to excellence led him to complete his surgery residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

A fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, he holds Board Certification with the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Balder's commitment to patient care and pioneering spirit in weight loss techniques positions him as a trusted leader in the field.

In 2016, Dr. Balder founded the Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery. Driven by a holistic approach, his practice embodies a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Patients benefit from his surgical expertise and experience life coaching and continuous support.

Dr. Balder's commitment to innovation is evident in his investment in the most advanced technology and modern treatments. His practice is home to a range of weight loss medications, including Wegovy®, Ozempic®, Mounjaro®, and  Zepbound® reflecting a commitment to personalized, comprehensive care.

Dr Balder offers in office and telehealth consultations and follow up visits to optimize patient care, near and far!

Call Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

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Cutting-Edge Procedures
At Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss & Gulf Coast Aesthetics, our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Donald Balder, and his staff offer a wide range of services to enhance your appearance and elevate your overall health and appearance. You may be seeking to revitalize your look with body contouring, cosmetic injectables like BOTOX®, or skin tightening with our state-of-the-art Opus Plasma®, or maybe you need to take action to lose weight through one of our weight loss surgery options or the medical weight loss program we offer. Regardless of how you want to transform yourself, we are here to help. As a board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Balder can even assist you in resolving issues, such as a hernia repair, splenectomy, and much more. Please take a look at the complete list of treatments and procedures available to learn the many ways that we can help you.
OUR TEAM
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Our compassionate team, led by board-certified general surgeon Dr. Donald Balder, is made up of diverse individuals dedicated to providing the highest quality care possible. With personalized services to meet your specific needs, our team will listen to your goals, determine the best course of treatment, and create a custom-tailored plan to help you transform yourself. With a holistic, patient-centered approach, you can rest assured that you are in good hands with Dr. Balder and his knowledgeable staff. With 20 years of experience, Dr. Balder’s skill, drive, and passion for helping his patients results in exceptional outcomes that will amaze you. Schedule a consultation today to learn more.

Patient Reviews
"I have been a patient of Dr. Balder for the last 10 months and cannot say enough good things about him and his practice. My office visits have consisted of hormone replacement therapy, threads, and Opus Plasma for acne scarring. I left each visit pleased with the positive effects of the treatment provided. He has taken the time to listen to my concerns and formulated the best plan for me. His office staff is extremely pleasant and knowledgeable as well. If you are looking for a Doctor that has patience, understanding and provides what you are actually looking for, I HIGHLY recommend Dr Balder."
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L.
"Dr Balder is an amazing physician and person. He truly cares about his patient's understanding exactly what the procedure entails and expected outcome. Your well being is his main concern and HE is your best physician choice to achieve a healthier and more youthful YOU!"
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K.W
"He was amazing in the treatment of my family! From Hormone Health to PDO Thread lift to Neurotoxin injection and fillers. We are so happy and will not trust anyone else!!"
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Anonymous
"Just have to say a big thank you for all that Dr. Balder and his amazing staff have done. I recently had some neck threading done and I loved the results. A couple of days after I had some minor issues. I called the office and immediately they had me come in. Dr. Balder was outstanding and made sure that I was ok with zero complications. He took amazing care of me and I am beyond grateful. Thank you Dr. Balder to you and your staff you guys are amazing."
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Anonymous
"Dr. Balder has a good bedside manner. He explains what is happening and why. He is patient, conscientious, and even keeled. Not only to his patients, but from what I can tell, to his staff as well. His prices are very reasonable. You can tell he’s providing quality for a fair price for elective type services. Definitely recommend. "
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Anonymous
"The staff is very friendly and helpful. Dr. Balder makes sure you understand everything, and he thoroughly answers all questions."
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Anonymous
"I had wonderful results with the threading, and the staff was wonderful. Would recommend 100%. Can't wait to go back."
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Anonymous
"He did my surgery over two years ago. Any problems I had he fixed. I only had one issue after surgery and he immediately addressed it and I have been fine. I went from a size 22 to a size10. Have not gain any of it back and don't intend to. Followed his instructions to a T. He tells you in the beginning he is no nonsense and I appreciated that about him. I was ready to change my life and needed the toughness do it. Can't speak to anybody else's experience but I am grateful to him."
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Anonymous
"Dr Balder has the best beside manners! He makes you feel very important even if you are not the patient! His work is awesome! I would definitely recommend him and in the future he will always be a part of our life!! Thank you Dr Balder"
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Anonymous
"Dr Balder done my lips as well as a mid face lift and neck. My results were AMAZING! They continue to look better with each day that passes. I highly recommend his team for any of your cosmetic procedures. They make you feel comfortable from start to finish."
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Anonymous
"Really great explanation from staff and Dr Balder. Very friendly and just awesome. I love how my face turned out with the threads ! highly recommend this procedure for anyone wanting to get a long lasting effect without the constant maintenance of shots."
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Anonymous
"I had threads and filler with Dr. Balder a month ago. I was skeptical, but the results were AMAZING! There was little to no pain. If I felt anything, Dr. Balder stopped the procedure immediately and gave me more numbing medicine. I had minimal bruising and it took years off of my face. It continues to look even better as time passes. I highly recommend Dr. Balder and his staff for any cosmetic needs The nicest staff ever! Super helpful and made me feel comfortable from start to finish."
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Anonymous
"I went in for threading (mid face) and i was super nervous but Dr Balder made me feel so comfortable and relaxed.. He has the best bed side manner which to me is extremely important.. I am so happy with the results and I would recommend Dr Balder to anyone that is looking to get anything done.. His office staff is also very nice and welcoming.."
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Anonymous
"Very pleased with Dr Balder and his staff. They listened intently and pleasant to speak to"
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Anonymous
"After procrastinating making a consulting appointment for over a year due to fear of being judged I finally took the plunge and was well rewarded. The total experience from appointment to exit was friendly, professional, personal and supportive. The process was thoroughly explained to me and I was given a Dr. Balder original sketch of the gastric sleeve process that he drew while explaining what would be done and how and why it helps with weight loss. Please do not put off this life affirming surgery. I know I have a lot of work ahead but feel confident I can reach my goals with the help of the supportive staff at MIWLS."
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Anonymous
"He is hands down the best !!! Very professional, definitely not about the money, gave me a discount. He made sure I was never in pain, wasn’t in a hurry, even called me himself, and that’s very unusual for a physician. He very compassionate and has a passion for his work. You’ll never go wrong using Dr. Balder Thank you for your services Dianne"
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Anonymous
"Dr. Balder is an amazing doctor. He genuinely cares about your health. He isn’t there to just do procedures but is there as a life coach to help you change yourself for a healthier life. "
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Anonymous
"I've known Dr. Balder for years and he's always been more than willing to help me with my diet and weight loss needs. Whenever I needed hormone therapy, he was able to help me in that area too. I'd highly recommend him and his AWESOME staff to anyone wanting to better their quality of life!"
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Anonymous
"So glad I had the sleeve surgery! Best decision ever! 11 months post op and happy as can be with my surgery"
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Anonymous
"Dr. Balder did my bypass almost 15 years ago. He saved my life. I lost my weight in less than a year and have maintained it the whole time. I have had no complications. I’m so very grateful to this man."
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Anonymous
"Super awesome doctor and staff. Dr Balder was very good with explaining things and helping me through my journey. I was very pleased with him. His staff was phenomenal. They were very compassionate and caring and were willing to go the extra mile to help me out. I definitely recommend him!"
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Anonymous
"I've suffered with morbid obesisty for years. Dr. Balder did my sleeve in 2018 with zero complications or complaints. I've already lost 92 lbs and am feeling great! Would definitely recommend!!"
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Anonymous
"I had my sleeve surgery just a week ago and I have had no pain at all this man is truly a great surgeon and love his staff in the office too !"
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Anonymous
"Dr. Balder is extremely knowledgeable and talented! The staff is effiecent and compassionate about their patients. I would highly recommend MIWLS to anyone looking to better their quality of life."
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