The ReShape Procedure is an FDA approved non-surgical approach to weight loss specifically designed for patients with a lower BMI (between 30-40). With ReShape, two connected balloons filled with saline (salt water) are placed temporarily inside your stomach in an outpatient setting during a short endoscopic procedure. The balloons remain in the stomach for six months, helping you lose weight and encourage healthy eating habits by taking up room in your stomach. You can still eat the healthy foods you enjoy, but the balloons act as built-in portion control, helping you feel full and less hungry.
Because the ReShape Procedure is non-surgical, the recovery is much shorter than with traditional weight loss surgery. The length of time it takes to adapt to the balloon varies from person to person. Many people return to work after just a few days. Removal of the balloons is very similar to the insertion. During a short endoscopic procedure, the balloons are first deflated, then gently removed together through the mouth (endoscopically).
What is Unique about the ReShape design?
Only ReShape dual balloon technology uses two connected saline (salt water) filled balloons. The dual balloons were designed to hold a higher volume of saline, and therefore take up more room in the stomach than a single balloon. Additionally, the balloons were designed to sit in the stomach in a way that mirrors the natural curvature of the stomach, so they may enhance comfort when in place.
Finally, the connected, dual balloons were designed to enhance safety. In the unlikely event of a balloon deflation, the second balloon maintains the position of the device in the stomach, preventing it from migrating into the intestines, where it may require surgical removal.
How will the ReShape procedure help me to lose weight?
The ReShape Procedure can help you lose weight by working in two ways. First, the balloons take up room in your stomach so there is less space for food. You can still eat the healthy foods you enjoy but in smaller quantities, and the balloons act as built-in portion control. Second, the balloons make you feel full and less hungry between meals.
Is ReShape safe?
Yes, the ReShape Procedure and dual-balloon design has FDA approval in the U.S. The balloons were designed to promote tolerability and minimize the risk of deflation or migration, and they include a visual safety indicator as well.
How will the balloons be removed?
The removal of the balloons is very similar to the insertion. The balloons are first deflated, then gently removed together through the mouth (endoscopically). You will again be comfortably sedated under light anesthesia. Your procedure can be performed in about 20 minutes in an outpatient setting.