New technology provides more than twice the weight loss of diet and exercise alone.
Dr. David J. Peters of PA GI Consultants is the first gastroenterologist in Central Pennsylvania to offer the ReShape® Integrated Dual Balloon System. ReShape is an FDA approved, first-of-its-kind non-surgical dual balloon weight loss procedure for people with mild to moderate obesity. ReShape provides a new option for adults with a BMI of 30-40 and a related health condition 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 obesity with limited, effective therapies available,” said Dr. Peters of PA GI. “I have seen the negative effects of progressive weight gain on my patient’s health. Endoscopic bariatric therapy provides a great option for portion control to move our patients to a healthy weight and life style that includes physical activity and better food choices.”
The ReShape Dual Balloon is inserted in the stomach during a short outpatient procedure, where it remains for six months, serving as built-in portion control so people may feel full and less hungry. During this time and for the six months after removal, patients receive regular in-office diet and exercise coaching sessions and access to the ReShape Patient Portal, an online support resource that provides tools and information to help patients track weight loss, diet, and exercise, and an on-line community.
In an FDA clinical study of 326 patients conducted at eight sites in the US, 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. Similar to other weight loss options, results may vary. Dr. Peters points out “The intragastric balloon cannot do all the work. Achieving a healthy weight will require healthy eating and burning calories through increased activity.”
PA GI’s board-certified gastroenterologists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders and treat patients throughout Central Pennsylvania. The healthcare practice and state-of-the-art procedure facility are located in Camp Hill, PA.