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Florida Medical Center Offers New Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedure

Jan 18, 2015

Study finds dual balloon technology leads to more than twice the weight loss of diet and exercise alone

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (January 19, 2015) – Florida Medical Center is the first and only hospital in Broward 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 30-40 who have not been able to achieve weight loss through diet and exercise, and do not want or do not qualify for bariatric surgery.

“We often see patients who are clinically obese and in desperate need of medical intervention to help them lose weight,” said Dr. Fernando Bayron, medical director of the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Excellence at Florida Medical Center. “ReShape provides 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 procedure (about 20 minutes), where it remains for six months, serving as a built-in portion control so people may feel full and less hungry. By conforming to the natural shape of the stomach, the dual balloon is designed for greater comfort than the old single-style balloon. It does not change or alter the natural anatomy of the stomach in any way. During this time and for six months after the removal, patients at the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Excellence receive frequent 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. Counseling services are also available if needed.

More than 78 million adults in the United States 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.

“We are pleased to offer an innovative solution to help battle the obesity epidemic and transform the lives of our patients,” said Trey Abshier, CEO of Florida Medical Center. “Our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, trained nurses, psychologists and nutritionists are committed to providing high quality care in a compassionate setting.”

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 a diet and exercise program alone.  In the clinical trial, patients lost up to 72 pounds in 12 months.

For more information on the ReShape procedure and other weight loss services offered at the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Excellence, please visit www.floridamedctr.com/our-services/surgical-weightloss-center-of-excellence.

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