Imagine feeling hungry during certain times of the day, but never feeling ravenously hungry. Or, imagine going to a fast-food restaurant, ordering a kids’ meal, and feeling almost completely full immediately thereafter. Until just a few years ago, sensations like these only came about after a few minutes of mind-over-matter meditation, and even then, the feeling probably would not last. Now, there is a medical procedure available that delivers these results, and more.
In August 2015, the Food and Drug Administration approved the ReShape procedure for use in the United States. As part of the approval process, the device manufacturer regularly submits information about product use and safety to the FDA.
ReShape is not surgery. Instead, it is a jump start to a healthier life that comes in three phases.
Most people, except those with liver damage, pregnant or nursing women, and those who take certain kinds of medications, are excellent candidates for ReShape, if they have a BMI between 30 and 40, at least one obesity-related condition, and have failed to lose weight through diet and exercise alone.
The doctors will thoroughly review all the pros and cons of this procedure, and give you insight into its life-changing potential.
The ReShape device itself is two silicone balloons that are linked with a silicone tube. Prior to the procedure, the doctor administers a light sedative. Then, the doctor sends the two tiny balloons through the throat and into the stomach in a non-surgical procedure that takes about twenty minutes. Afterwards, the doctor inflates the balloons with a saline solution and a tiny amount of blue dye before sealing the balloons with a little mineral oil.
In clinical trials, patients lost an average of fourteen pounds and 7 percent of their body fat. The balloons stay in the body for six months, during which time the patient has free access to diet and exercise coaching.
Over the first few days as the stomach adjusts, most patients experience some nausea, abdominal discomfort, and vomiting. These effects are completely normal. Your doctor will discuss the possibility of other more serious side effects, which are very, very rare in most non-surgical procedures.
During the ensuing six months, it’s important to take prescribed medication, call your doctor immediately if your urine has a bluish tint, and follow all other instructions.
After six months, the doctor removes the balloons in another non-surgical procedure. But, the coaching continues for another six months, so patients build on the healthy lifestyle habits they have already developed.
This program includes not only a personal coach, but also a wireless scale that stores and sends BMI data and an exclusive website portal to track progress and gain access to important resources.
Schedule your appointment today at our Brooklyn clinic to learn more about how ReShape can change your life.