The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon system is a recently approved non-surgical method to enhance weight loss and help patients who are suffering from obesity. The innovative method created by ReShape Medical, Inc. is the first one to be approved in the US using two balloons instead of just one. It is a temporary treatment that increases satiety and limits food intake, which combined with a healthy diet helps lose weight.
What ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System Involves
The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon system comprises two attached balloons that are inserted into the stomach during a minimally invasive non-surgical outpatient procedure. The patient is put under mild sedation and the physician conducts an endoscopic procedure, which means that an endoscopic camera is inserted through the mouth and esophagus. After the placement of the deflated balloons, the device is filled with a saline solution and blue dye, which will become apparent in the patient’s urine in case of a rupture of one of the two balloons.
The system is temporary and will remain in the body up to six months, while a longer-term twelve-month program will continue, providing patients with guidance about new dietary and exercise habits. The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System is recommended for adult patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30 and 40 and who previously failed to lose weight with diet and exercise alone. In addition, patients must also have at least one comorbidity, including diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
Following the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon Placement
Unlike surgery, there are no incisions, stitches or scarring involved, which means that the patient may be able to return home few hours after the procedure. The balloon won’t alter either the size or shape of the stomach, and will instead reduce the normal space available for food, making the patient feel full faster and with less amounts of food. The treatment won’t directly cause weight loss, which means that diet and exercise are key for its success.
In order to accomplish these goals, the patient will be followed by a dietitian who will teach healthy habits during the period with the balloon and six months after it. Following the six months, the balloons are drained, deflated and removed from the stomach through the mouth during an outpatient procedure, similar to the one conducted to place the device.
ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System As An Alternative To Lose Weight
Surgery is usually the last resort when it comes to medically supervised weight loss programs, after previous attempts with diet and exercise, pre-packed meals or pharmacotherapy. Not only is surgery a more a aggressive and sometimes irreversible treatment, but there may be cases in which surgery is not recommended at all due to risks. The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System offers an option between the two methods.
The device was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July, 2015, and this is not the first balloon available in the country to treat obesity. It is, however, the first one with a dual configuration, which is designed to fit the natural shape of the stomach, increasing effectiveness, safety and comfort, according to the producer. Despite this fact, since it is a temporary solution and may not be tolerated by all patients, the results may not be as desirable as with surgery. Obesity treatment options should be discussed with a physician to find the most appropriate method.