Bariatric Radiology

Radiologists Develop Non-Surgical Weight Loss Treatment

Bariatric RadiologyA new non-surgical weight loss treatment, known as bariatric arterial embolization (BAE), could offer individuals a safe and effective alternative to weight loss surgery.

Researchers presented findings of the pilot clinical trial, Bariatric Embolization of Arteries for the Treatment of Obesity (BEAT Obesity), at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology.

According to study results, the treatment proved safe, with no major adverse events, and led to sustained weight loss and a dramatic reduction in hunger levels.

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POSE Weight Loss Procedure

POSE Treatment For Obesity 1 Year Results

POSE Incisionless Surgery for Weight LossThe POSE (Primary Obesity Surgery Endolumenal) incisionless weight loss procedure is safe, effective, and well-tolerated for patients with obesity, a conclusion supported once again by the results of another study.

Endoscopic procedures such as POSE are being studied as more affordable and safer alternatives to bariatric surgery. The POSE procedure reduces the size of the stomach using special tissue anchors put in place via endoscopic methods (through the mouth) and does not require surgery or incisions. The effects are reduced stomach capacity and decreased hunger.

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POSE Procedure

Get a Free POSE Weight Loss Procedure in New Study

POSE ProcedureIf you qualify and choose to join the Essential Trial, a new clinical research study evaluating the POSE incisionless weight loss procedure, you will receive all study-related care at no cost.

The POSE (Primary Obesity Surgery, Endoluminal) procedure is a minimally-invasive weight loss procedure designed to reduce the stomach’s ability to accommodate and stretch during meals, so you can feel full and satisfied with smaller portions.

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Diabetes ENDO Trial

Recruiting Begins for Clinical Trial of EndoBarrier

Diabetes ENDO TrialDoctors across the United States are now recruiting hundreds of obese and diabetic patients for the U.S. pivotal clinical trial of EndoBarrier, the ENDO Trial, GI Dynamics announced yesterday.

EndoBarrier is a thin, flexible, tube-shaped liner that forms a physical barrier between food and a portion of the intestine wall. The EndoBarrier alters the digestion process, resulting in improved glucose control and significant weight loss during the implant period.

Treatment with EndoBarrier has showed promising results in studies done to date, with more than 500 patients. Already approved for use in select regions of Europe, South America, and Australia, successful completion of the ENDO Trial is the first step for pursuing commercial status in the United States.

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ReShape Duo Weight Loss Balloon System

REDUCE Clinical Trial Seeks Patients for Free Weight Loss Procedure

ReShape Duo Weight Loss Balloon SystemResearchers are currently recruiting patients to participate in the REDUCE Clinical Trial, a study sponsored by ReShape Medical to evaluate the ReShape Duo Weight Loss Balloon System.

The ReShape Duo is a gastric dual-balloon designed to occupy space in the stomach to reduce food capacity so you feel full and satisfied with smaller amounts of food. The device is inserted into the stomach via endoscopic techniques and does not involve surgery or incisions.

Individuals who qualify for the procedure and choose to participate in the REDUCE Clinical Trial will receive all study-related care at no cost, including the ReShape Duo Balloon System and a comprehensive weight loss support program.

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GI Dynamics EndoBarrier

EndoBarrier Therapy Gets FDA Approval for Clinical Trials

GI Dynamics Endobarrier TherapyThe FDA has given conditional approval to GI Dynamics to proceed with a pivotal clinical trial of the company’s EndoBarrier Therapy, a new type of treatment for patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes and obesity that does not involve medications or surgery.

EndoBarrier is a thin, flexible, tube-shaped liner that acts as a physical barrier between food and the intestine wall. The product alters the digestion process, resulting in improved glucose control and significant weight loss during the implant period.

Numerous studies conducted outside of the United States have shown the EndoBarrier to be a safe and effective treatment option. It is currently approved and commercially available in select regions in Europe, South America and Australia.
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ReShape Duo Weight Loss Balloon

Weight Loss Intragastric Balloon Safe, Effective and Easy to Use

ReShape Duo Intragastric BalloonThe intragastric dual balloon is safe, easy to use, and boosts weight loss, according to results of a small study recently published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.

Intragastric balloons are designed to occupy space within the stomach to help patients feel full and satisfied with less food. The device can be left in the stomach for up to six months. Weight loss success depends on patients adopting lifestyle changes, including a healthier diet and increased physical activity.

Clinical trials are ongoing to win FDA approval for use in the United States. As for now, the intragastric balloon is available in Canada, Europe, South America, and other parts of the world.

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Gastric Bypass Diabetes Study

Overweight Diabetic Patients Wanted for Gastric Bypass Study

Gastric Bypass Diabetes StudyResearchers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center have announced plans to conduct one of the first studies examining gastric bypass surgery as a treatment for type 2 diabetes rather than for morbid obesity.

This study is specifically interested in finding out whether gastric bypass surgery controls diabetes as well or even better than traditional medical therapy in patients who are overweight or mildly obese rather than severely obese.

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TOGA Weight Loss Procedure

TOGA Weight Loss Procedure A Top Ten Medical Innovation

TOGA Weight Loss SurgeryThe TOGA System, an endoscopic weight loss procedure for obesity, has been named one of the Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2011 by a panel of physicians and scientists at the Cleveland Clinic’s 2010 Medical Innovations Summit. This designation is awarded to up-and-coming technologies that will have “significant clinical impact and offer significant patients benefit in comparison to current practices.”

According to the Cleveland Clinic statement, “Transoral Gastroplasty, or TOGA, represents a significant improvement in minimally-invasive bariatric surgery. It is a new weight loss option for obese patients who want to improve their health without undergoing major surgery.”

The TOGA System was also chosen by Philip Schauer, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, as one of the Top 5 anti-obesity medical devices that was discussed by a panel that focused on innovative obesity-fighting medical devices that have yet to hit the market.

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Gastric Plication Surgery

New Weight Loss Surgery Appears Safe and Effective

Laparoscopic Gastric Plication Surgery for Weight LossOne of the newest and most promising weight loss procedures is gastric plication surgery. The operation compares favorably to existing more-invasive bariatric procedures, offering patients minimal risk and quick recovery while producing similar weight loss results.

Like other bariatric operations, the procedure promotes weight loss by reducing stomach capacity to cause early satiety and limit calorie intake. Unlike other bariatric procedures, gastric plication does not involve stapling, cutting or removing stomach tissue or require a medical implant.

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