ReShape Dual Balloon for Weight Loss
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The ReShape Procedure is a new, FDA-approved, non-surgical approach to weight loss that is proven to help people achieve and maintain significant weight loss. It is completely different from any diet, program, or procedure you may have tried or considered before. The ReShape Procedure was specifically designed for patients with a lower BMI (between 30-40). ReShape may be a good weight loss option for people who do not qualify or do not want surgery.
ReShape. The Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedure.
With ReShape, two connected balloons filled with saline (salt water) are placed temporarily inside your stomach in an outpatient medical setting. The procedure lasts about 20 minutes while you are comfortably sedated under light anesthesia. An endoscope is used to insert the balloons into the stomach, and saline is used to inflate the balloons when they are properly positioned. Once the balloons are inflated, the endoscope is removed and the insertion procedure is complete. The balloons remain in the stomach for 6 months.
When filled with saline, the balloons help you lose weight and encourage healthy eating habits by taking up room in your stomach, so there is less space for food. You can still eat the healthy foods you enjoy, but the balloons act as built-in portion control, helping you feel full and less hungry.
After six months, the balloons are deflated and removed during a similar endoscopic procedure.
Only the ReShape Procedure places two connected, medical-grade and saline-filled balloons inside your stomach for six months. The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon is designed to take up room in your stomach, which creates a feeling of fullness and may help you feel satisfied with less food. The dual balloon is designed to conform to the curvature of the stomach for comfort, and also includes an anti-migration feature, so if one balloon deflates, the second balloon prevents the device from passing into the intestines for increased safety.
The balloon placement is completed endoscopically, without surgery, in an outpatient setting. There are no incisions, scars, or permanent changes to your digestive system. The procedure is completely reversible, and patients are often able to return to work and normal activities in just a few days.
The balloons are a weight loss jump-start. Many patients experience rapid weight loss initially, providing the motivation required to keep going and make the changes stick. You also receive a full year of personalized coaching to support your success and help you make the changes that will encourage a lifetime of healthy living.
One Year of Comprehensive Coaching and Support
ReShape combines the portion-controlling benefits of the balloons with comprehensive coaching to change your eating habits, enhance your physical fitness, and help you adopt a healthy lifestyle that supports long-term success. While the balloons are inside your stomach, you will meet (monthly) with coaches and receive personalized nutrition, fitness, and behavior guidance to help maximize your success. After the balloons are removed, you will continue to meet with your coaching team to make sure that you maintain your healthy lifestyle to reach your goals. With ongoing coaching support, most patients maintain their weight loss or continue to lose weight.
Patients also have access to the ReShape Patient Portal, a comprehensive tool that has everything you need to track your success. The portal includes: weight logging, food logging, activity tracking, goal setting, articles and recipes, community forums, important reminders, and the ability to easily share data with your doctor.
Life-Changing Weight Loss, Without Surgery
ReShape is a proven way to achieve significant weight loss. In a recent study, patients lost more than twice as much weight with ReShape than with diet and exercise alone.1 Most ReShape patients keep the weight off or continue to lose, even after the balloons are removed.
ReShape is a non-surgical procedure. If you do not want or do not qualify for surgery, the ReShape Procedure may be a good option for you.
ReShape. The Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedure.
The ReShape Procedure is a new, FDA approved, non-surgical approach to weight loss that is proven to help people achieve and maintain significant weight loss. The ReShape Procedure was specifically designed for patients with a lower BMI (between 30-40). In a recent study, patients lost more than twice as much weight with ReShape than with diet and exercise alone.1 Most ReShape patients keep the weight off or continue to lose, even after the balloons are removed.
With ReShape, two connected balloons filled with saline (salt water) are placed temporarily inside your stomach in an outpatient medical setting. The procedure lasts about 20 minutes while you are comfortably sedated under light anesthesia. The balloons remain in the stomach for six months, helping you lose weight and encourage healthy eating habits by taking up room in your stomach. You can still eat the healthy foods you enjoy, but the balloons act as built-in portion control, helping you feel full and less hungry.
The balloons are a weight loss jump-start, and are only part of the procedure. You also receive a full year of personalized coaching to support your success and help you make the changes that will encourage a lifetime of healthy living. ReShape combines the portion-controlling benefits of the balloons with comprehensive coaching to change your eating habits, enhance your physical fitness, and help you adopt a healthy lifestyle that supports long-term success.
ReShape may be a good weight loss option for people who do not want or do not qualify for surgery.
1. Ponce J, Woodman G, Swain J, et al; for the REDUCE Pivotal Trial Investigators. The REDUCE pivotal trial: a prospective, randomized controlled pivotal trial of a dual intragastric balloon for the treatment of obesity [published online ahead of print December 16, 2014]. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2014. 12.006.
ORBERA (BIB) Weight Loss Balloon
The ORBERA Balloon is not currently available in the United States. It is undergoing FDA trials. Dr Woodman is the lead investigator in this study and has enrolled over 80 subjects. It is estimated that the balloon will be available in the US by 2012.
The ORBERA-managed weight loss system is an effective, non-surgical program for weight loss. It is commonly used outside of the US and the ORBERA System has been a clinically accepted treatment for weight loss internationally for many years.
The journey begins with a medically placed device, the ORBERA System intragastric (inside the stomach) balloon. The balloon is inserted endoscopically into your stomach to encourage portion control. In conjunction with appropriate lifestyle changes, the ORBERA Sytem provides a kick-start to healthy, sustained weight loss.
How does the Orbera System work?
The ORBERA system consists of a soft, expandable balloon that is temporarily inserted into the stomach to create a feeling of early and prolonged fullness after and between meals. The device itself is a soft silicone balloon that is inserted endoscopically (without surgery) in a deflated state and then inflated with sterile saline. The balloon remains in place for a maximum of 6 months.
The intragastric balloon provides a 6 month kick-start to healthy weight loss and may be an ideal solution if you are looking to lose weight and are fearful of surgery. It is meant for patients who have tried and failed with standard diets, pills and other weight loss programs.
The ORBERA System helps you to achieve better portion control, and coupled with a low-fat diet and real exercise, helps you to achieve and sustain your weight loss goals.
During those 6 months and prior to having the balloon placed we will work together with you to customize a diet plan and help teach you to eat more appropriately.
Who is not eligible for Orbera?
There are certain medical reasons why you may not be eligible for the ORBERA System. You may not be a candidate for the procedure if any of the following conditions are present:
- Previous upper GI surgery or large Hiatal hernia
- Requiring chronic long-term NSAID treatment
- Drug or alcohol addiction
- Pregnancy or plans for pregnancy during treatment
As with all medical procedures, there are potential risks, side effects, and adverse reactions that may occur. Please discuss your questions and expectations about the ORBERA System with an informed physician.
The ORBERA-managed weight loss system is unlike anything you have ever experienced. It is not a diet. It is not surgery. It is not a pill. The ORBERA System has been a clinically accepted treatment for weight loss internationally for many years.
ORBERA System Advantages
The ORBERA System has several advantages over other weight loss plans.
- It helps you to achieve a feeling of fullness sooner and longer after meals to encourage portion control
- It can be used in conjunction with diets to help you to adhere to them
- It helps a patient to learn basic eating principles for long-term success
- Non-surgical and non-pharmacological approach
Intragastric Balloon Trial
Dr George Woodman is the Lead Investigator in the Allergan BIB (intragastric balloon) trial. He was the first surgeon and active site in the US to place an intragastric balloon and has attained the largest US experience with this device. Dr. Woodman has trained in Sao Paolo, Brazil and in Rome Italy, specifically on techniques related to the BIB. He has worked with BIB surgeons and authors Dr. Alfredo Genco and Dr. Sallet. Specific details and results of this ongoing trial will be made available by Allergan Medical.
The BIB is placed endoscopically without the use of incisions. It is done under sedation and generally does not require classic general anesthesia or overnight hospitalization. The BIB is removed in a similar fashion after six months. Another BIB can be placed but each one is designed to stay no longer that 6 months in its present form.
As mentioned above, the ORBERA (BIB) is not currently available in the US and is undergoing clinical trials – which are closed at this point. If the BIB is approved for usage in the US it will be widely used as a training tool to help patients lose weight by helping them to be satisfied with less food.
The target populations will most likely be:
- Patients who are 25-100 pounds overweight who need help with portion control
- Senior patients not interested in a more long-term weight loss option
- Patients undergoing orthopedic surgery or joint-bearing surgery need help losing weight to enhance their rehabilitation efforts and recovery.
There may be other applications, but we do not expect the BIB to replace the Lap Band, Gastric Sleeve, or Gastric Bypass as more permanent options for morbidly obese individuals.