Dr. Donald Balder, MD

General SurgeryMaleAge 57

Dr. Balder
Accepting new patients

Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery

15190 Community Rd Ste 210 Gulfport, MS 39503

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(228) 265-5945

Dr. Donald Balder, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in Gulfport, MS and has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Illinois College of Medicine medical school in 1991. He is affiliated with medical facilities Garden Park Medical Center and Southern Surgical Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Balder to book an appointment.

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Dr. Balder is affiliated with Southern Surgical Hospital Slidell, a highly rated hospital.

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Dr. Balder's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Sleeve Gastrectomy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Balder performs Sleeve Gastrectomy more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Balder performs this procedure more than 98% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic
Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Balder performs Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Balder performs this procedure more than 94% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
Abdominoplasty
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Balder performs Abdominoplasty more than 80% of his peers

Dr. Balder performs this procedure more than 80% of his peers

Dr. Balder's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Duodenal Polypectomy
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Open
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastrotomy
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparotomy
  • Lipomas
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Pancreatectomy (incl. Pancreas Transplant and Whipple Procedure)
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Pyloromyotomy
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Robotic Heller Myotomy for the Treatment of Achalasia
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Ventral Hernia

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Dr. Balder accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Choice Plus POS II
Ambetter
Superior Health Plan
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
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HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

Dr. Balder's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Balder

3.0

Based on 16 ratings

5 Stars
50%
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What went well
  • Staff friendliness (12)
  • Appointment scheduling (10)
  • Office environment (9)
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment (2)
  • Long wait times (1)
  • Office environment (1)
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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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Mar 06, 2021
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He was nice enough prior to surgery. His staff is nice. After surgery, he was literally the rudest doctor that I have ever encountered in my entire life. Not too interested in helping me. Run! There are better options.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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Hindsight is 20/20 – Aug 16, 2020
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Multiple issues with surgery (inflamed sleeve that was unable to be scoped, lung damage, emotional distress). I had to go to a local Gastrointestinal physician and get his help to be released from Balder to get adequate follow up. Dr. Balder actually loudly scolded me for adding milk products (as listed in the paperwork given by his office) loudly enough a friend in the waiting room heard him. He has a temper!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
2 people found this helpful
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Jun 05, 2020
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One of the best Dr’s I have ever known! Amazing man who truly cares for the patients well being!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Madison, MS – Nov 04, 2017
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Best outcomes Best advice Best, nicest bedside ever. Haters and phonies leave bad reviews for what, his patient results speak for themselves. Best father ever too!!
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No results
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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TD in Hattiesburg, MS – Sep 28, 2017
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Dr. Balder performed VSG (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) on me and my wife this year. One of the best decisions we've ever made...and Dr. Balder was terrific! Thorough, helpful, professional!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Scott H. in Hattiesburg, MS – Dec 08, 2016
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About Me

Biography

Dr. Donald Balder, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in Gulfport, MS and has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University...Read more

Specialties

  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1997
Rhode Island Hospital
Residency Hospital
1993
U Ill Chicago Hosps
Residency Hospital
1992
U Ill Chicago Hosps
Internship Hospital
1991
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Medical School
,

Awards

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What are Dr. Donald Balder, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Balder frequently treats Sleeve Gastrectomy, Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair, and Abdominoplasty. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Balder treats.

Where is Dr. Donald Balder, MD's office located?

Dr. Balder's office is located at 15190 Community Rd Ste 210, Gulfport, MS 39503. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery

Retina Associates15190 Community Rd Ste 210 Gulfport, MS 39503
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Balder is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Garden Park Medical Center

Gulfport, MS

71% Patient Experience Rating, 2% higher than the national average

Southern Surgical Hospital

Slidell, LA

91% Patient Experience Rating, 22% higher than the national average

1 Award Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)