Blossom Bariatrics is one of the first in the U.S. to offer the ReShape™ Integrated Dual Balloon System, an FDA approved, first-of-its-kind non-surgical weight loss procedure for people with mild to moderate obesity. ReShape provides a new option for adults with a BMI of 30-40 and obesity-related health conditions who haven’t succeeded at diet and exercise alone and do not want or do not qualify for bariatric surgery.
“For years a significant gap has existed in treatment options for mild to moderate obesity with limited, effective therapies available,” said Thomas Umbach, M.D., Blossom Bariatrics. “We often see clinically obese patients who are in desperate need of medical intervention to help them lose weight because diet and exercise alone have failed and surgery is not an option. ReShape provides this group of ‘in-between’ patients with access to a non-surgical, reversible option that encourages new habits and lasting results.”
During a short outpatient procedure, the ReShape Dual Balloon is inserted in the stomach; it remains in the stomach for six months and serves as built-in portion control, so the patient feels full and less hungry. It does not change or alter the natural anatomy of the stomach in any way and is easily removed in a similar outpatient procedure.
While ReShape is in the stomach, and for six months after removal, patients receive frequent in-office diet and exercise coaching sessions and access to the ReShape Patient Portal. This portal is an online resource that provides tools, information, and assistance to help patients track weight loss, diet, and exercise. The portal is also an online community where patients can interact with and support each other.
An FDA clinical study of 326 patients, conducted at eight sites in the US, concluded that patients with ReShape experienced 2.3 times more excess weight loss at six months compared to those who had the diet and exercise program alone. During clinical trials, patients lost up to 72 pounds in 12 months.
With more than 78 million adults in the U.S. recognized as obese, in June 2013, the American Medical Association officially classified obesity as a disease. Clinically defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 30, obesity can lead to numerous, serious health complications including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.
For more information contact Blossom Bariatrics at 1 (702) 463 3300 or visit their website at http://blossombariatrics.com/gastric-balloon/