Two Non-Surgical Bariatric Treatments for Obesity Approved by FDA

by Cheryl Ann Borne Patient Advocate

If you choose to get bariatric surgery you should be aware that there will be some ouch. After all, it is surgery. The ouch will disappear with time, but the mark of surgery is like the house guest who seems in no special hurry to leave. Eventually both will pass, but it's going to take longer then you would like.

When I opted for gastric bypass weight loss surgery, I thought quite a bit about the scarring that would surely accompany that surgery. Many of them would be rather pronounced. They will lighten and become more visually friendly along the way, but was I prepared to carry them until that happened? Obviously the answer was yes, and there are things that can be done to hide them rather than just sit and wait.

For those of you who are pumped to tackle your personal obesity and are committed to the time being now, there is encouraging news. The FDA has approved two new endoscopic bariatric therapies, both of which are minimally invasive.** Two New Bariatric Therapies**

Potential weight loss patients now have alternatives to bariatric surgery, the highly successful method for treating obesity that is used by only 1 percent of those who qualify for the procedure.

Some of the hesitation over surgery may stem from the risks associated with bariatric surgery, even though such risks have become greatly reduced. Still in all, the concerns are understood given the high risk for mortality that gastric bypass surgery once had. [Related: Potential Complications After Gastric Bypass Surgery] Perhaps these new and non-invasive methods will be more attractive as an alternative for those who been unsuccessful at losing weight through diet and exercise.

On July 29 and August 7 of this year, the FDA approved the 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 that are meant to promote weight loss are one or more balloons that are inserted into the stomach via the mouth while the patient is under sedation. The procedure is minimally evasive and can be performed in an outpatient setting.

The saline-filled balloons help patients to feel full and cause them to eat smaller amounts of food. These balloons are usually removed after six months. They are deflated and removed using another endoscopic procedure. Patients should then remain in a program for lifestyle support for one year.

But overall, endoscopic bariatric surgery should be a component in a multidisciplinary treatment program comprised of nutritional support, nursing care, behavioral medicine and other components for management of obesity.

Cheryl Ann Borne
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Cheryl Ann Borne

Cheryl Ann Borne, writing as My Bariatric Life, is a contributing writer and Paleo recipe developer. Cheryl is an award-winning healthcare communications professional and obesity health advocate who has overcome super obesity and it’s related diseases. She publishes the website MyBariatricLife.org, and microblogs on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Cheryl is also writing her first book and working on a second website.