When I decided to have obesity weight loss surgery, I gave quite a bit of thought to post surgery scarring. Many of the scars would be easily noticed. They would lighten over time, but I was not sure if I would be comfortable with that. The final answer was yes, and I found that there are things that can be done to hide the scars until they eventually fade. There are now better options. For those of you who are ready to immediately address your obesity, the news is good. The FDA has approved two new and minimally invasive gastric balloon endoscopic bariatric therapies.
Two New Gastric Balloon Therapies
Weight loss patients now have alternatives to bariatric surgery. Although bariatric surgery is a highly successful obesity treatment, only 1 percent of those who qualify for the procedure actually go through with it.
This is due in part to the risks associated with bariatric surgery. Although these risks have been greatly reduced, concerns remain because of mortality rates that are part of the history of gastric bypass surgery. Perhaps these new, non-invasive methods will be more attractive for those who have been unsuccessful at permanent weight loss through diet and exercise.
On July 29 and August 7 of 2015, the FDA approved two new endoscopic bariatric surgeries. The first to be approved was the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System followed shortly thereafter by the Orbera Intragastric Balloon.
Many of the new and emerging treatments can be done endoscopically, and research shows that endoscopic bariatric therapies can be effective. They have been found to be most beneficial when they are part of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program.
Intragastric balloons are one or more balloons inserted through the mouth and into the stomach while the patient is under sedation. The procedure is minimally invasive and can be performed in an outpatient setting.
The saline-filled balloons help patients feel full and eat smaller amounts of food. These balloons are usually deflated and removed after six months using another endoscopic procedure. Patients should then remain in a support program for lifestyle changes for one year.
For more information read our articles:
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life
Photos: Apollo Endosurgery, ReShape Medical