HILLSBOROUGH, N.J., April 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Digestive Healthcare Center (DHC) is the first in Somerset county 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 body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 and a related health condition who haven't succeeded at diet and exercise alone. It is also for adults who 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," states Drs. Mark Greaves and Kristen Lee, gastroenterologists at DHC. "We often see patients who are clinically obese and in desperate need of medical intervention to help them lose weight when diet and exercise alone have failed, but surgery is not an option. ReShape provides this group of 'in-between' patients with access to a non-surgical, reversible option to encourage new habits and lasting results."
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. It does not change or alter the natural anatomy of the stomach in any way. During this time —and for six months after removal— patients receive frequent in-office diet and exercise coaching sessions as well as access to the ReShape Patient Portal. The portal is an online support resource that provides tools and information to help patients track weight loss, diet and exercise, and is also an on-line community where they can interact with each other.
More than 78 million adults in the U.S. are obese. In June 2013, the American Medical Association officially classified obesity as a disease. Clinically defined as having a 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.
In an FDA clinical study of 326 patients conducted at eight sites in the U.S., 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. In the clinical trial, patients lost up to 72 pounds in 12 months.
ABOUT DIGESTIVE HEALTHCARE CENTER
Digestive Healthcare Center is a comprehensive gastroenterology practice with three convenient locations in New Jersey. As part of their dedication to complete patient satisfaction, DHC offers effective and advanced diagnosis and treatment of all gastroenterological conditions. They are also the first practice in New Jersey to offer the Global Colonoscopy Contract that fixes the rising price of lifesaving colonoscopies.
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