UCI Health now offers multiple new non-surgical weight loss treatments

Recently-approved Orbera™ Intragastric Balloon reduces stomach capacity

August 07, 2015

Obese patients seeking non-surgical weight loss treatments now have multiple options, as UCI Health will offer the newly approved Orbera™ Intragastric Balloon. Designed to assist adults with a body mass index of 30 to 40 in losing and maintaining weight, the balloon fills space in a patient’s stomach to reinforce proper portion control. It received FDA approval on Aug. 5.

UCI Health also offers the ReShape™ Integrated Dual Balloon System, which received FDA approval in July.

“We are pleased that patients now have another treatment that does not require surgery to assist them in losing weight in a managed and responsible way,” said Dr. Kenneth Chang, chief of the UCI Health Division of Gastroenterology and executive director of the H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center. “Obesity is a disease that often requires direct medical intervention to help patients regain control of their lives. Many have tried diet and exercise or do not have a high enough BMI to qualify for surgery. The gastric balloon treatments we offer fill that gap.”

Patients undergo a 20- to 30-minute non-surgical procedure under a mild sedative. The thin and deflated Orbera balloon is inserted by an endoscope and placed into the stomach, where it’s filled with saline until about the size of a grapefruit. Patient can usually go home the same day. At six months, the balloon is deflated and then removed by an endoscope.

The Orbera system has been available in more than 80 countries. According to manufacturer Apollo Endosurgery, Inc., 155 obese patients participated in a randomized, multicenter U.S. clinical trial prior to FDA approval. About half the patients received treatment, which consisted of Orbera™ balloon placement followed by removal after six months, plus regular office visits continuing through one year. They also participated in a 12-month behavioral modification program.

The other half participated in the 12-month behavioral modification program alone. Findings include:

  • At month six, the Orbera group achieved a mean of 38.4 percent Excess Weight Loss (EWL).
  • Mean Total Body Weight Loss (TBWL) at six months was 10.2 percent for the treatment group compared to 3.3 percent TBWL for the control group.
  • The Orbera group lost 3.1 times as much weight as the control group at six months.

Call UCI Health Bariatric Surgery Services at 888-717-4463 to see if the Orbera system is right for you.

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