July 28, 2015
The FDA has approved a new weight loss procedure that does not require any surgery. It consists of placing a balloon (in this case a double balloon) into the stomach using an endoscope while the patient is sedated. The balloon is inflated during the endoscopy and then detached from the scope. It is an outpatient procedure, takes about 30 minutes, and has very low risk.
The balloon is left is place for six months during which weight loss occurs because the feeling of fullness and satiety are achieved with less food intake.
Achieving the best results involves maintenance of a good dietary plan, along with close medical and dietary supervision before, during, and after the balloon is placed.
“The ReShape Dual Balloon is indicated for weight reduction in obese adult patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 kg/m2. The device is limited to patients with one or more obesity-related conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. It is intended for patients who have failed previous attempts at weight loss through diet and exercise alone.”
Read more about this press release here.