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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Bariatric Surgery Advancements

Advancements in Weight Loss Surgery to Help Moderately Overweight and Diabetic

Bariatric AdvancementsAlthough weight loss surgery has traditionally been considered the treatment of last resort for severe obesity, new treatments and safer techniques are making surgical intervention a potentially suitable option for a greater amount of overweight individuals. As we start a new year, it is a good time to review some of the innovative procedures that are promising to make a big change in the way we treat obesity and the related disease of type 2 diabetes.

One of the most notable new surgical approaches is the use of endoscopic methods, referred to as natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). This surgical technique accesses the body through a natural opening, such as the mouth to reach the stomach, thus avoiding the need for incisions. Procedures such as StomaphyX and ROSE for gastric bypass revision have already been approved by the FDA, while several primary procedures are currently undergoing clinical trials. Three of the most promising are TOGA, EndoBarrier, and POSE.

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TOGA Weight Loss System

Experimental TOGA System Promotes Weight Loss

TOGA Weight Loss SystemA promising new approach to weight loss referred to as TOGA, or trans-oral gastroplasty, is showing encouraging preliminary results in an ongoing FDA study. The procedure is currently being investigated in clinical trials for it’s safety and effectiveness as a less invasive treatment for obesity. While we still have another year to wait for the study completion, we are hearing positive reports about the short-term results.

The TOGA weight loss system, which reduces the size of the stomach, offers many benefits as an obesity treatment. Unlike other types of weight loss surgery, it does not require incisions, does not rely on an implant like gastric banding, and does not involve altering the stomach or intestines as with gastric bypass surgery. The restrictive procedure promotes weight loss by slowing digestion and increasing satiety so that patients feel full faster and eat smaller portions.

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