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Posted on March 16, 2016

Young Woman Fighting Off Fast FoodIn July of 2015, the U.S. bariatric community received exciting news about the FDA approval of ReShape™, a non-surgical weight loss and temporary dual balloon system designed to create a sensation of fullness in the stomach of adults.

Why is this exciting?

For years, the medical community and patients alike have been waiting for an alternative for overweight patients who do not qualify for surgery. This integrated dual balloon procedure is a new tool for patients’ with a body mass index (BMI) between 30-40 and a condition or disorder which accompanies obesity. The balloon system is available to patients who have been unable to succeed at diet and exercise alone or who do not want, or qualify for bariatric surgery. This next generation dual balloon system was designed to create a feeling of fullness while providing patient comfort and safety.

What is it?

ReShape™ is an outpatient, non-surgical procedure performed endoscopically. Under moderate sedation, a double silicone balloon is inserted into the stomach and filled with saline fluid. The procedure takes about 15 minutes and the patient is ready to go home two hours later. This temporary inflated balloon system is designed to create fullness in the stomach. The balloon stays in place for 6 months and then it is deflated and removed from the stomach endoscopically.

How do the balloons make the patient full?

The inflated balloons create a short-term, built-in portion control system. Patients can still eat the healthy foods they enjoy while the balloons give a feeling of fullness and less hunger. The balloons, which are connected, conform to the natural shape of the stomach. The balloons have a volume similar to one full meal, giving the patient the sensation of a full stomach. As a result, patients feel less hungry, get full quicker and learn to control their portion size when eating. Complications of this procedure are minimal and mostly consist of a feeling of fullness and mild nausea that could last three to seven days. This will stop when the stomach gets used to the presence of the balloon.

What happens before the balloons are inserted and after they are taken out?

Prior to the procedure, patients participate in medically-supervised nutrition and exercise coaching which help enable sustained weight-loss and to get a jump start on healthier living. Immediately after the insertion of the balloons, my team and I follow-up with one year of comprehensive coaching designed to help the patient improve the three important areas for long term weight control – psychological, nutritional and physical activity. We do the coaching with the support of our team and tools are also available on a web based support portal at: www.reshapeready.com.

On this portal, patients can get the skinny on tips and support, track their progress and even share in the community of fellow patients going through the same process.

Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) and Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore are proud to be a community focused bariatric center where this innovative weight-loss procedure is available to patients.

This blog reflects results achieved by this physician. As each case must be independently evaluated and managed, actual weight loss will vary. This procedure is designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) between 30-40, and a condition or disorder which accompanies obesity.