New dual balloon technology proven to provide more than twice the weight loss of diet and exercise alone
Palmetto Health-USC Weight Management Center is the first in South Carolina to offer the ReShape® integrated dual balloon system, an FDA-approved, first-of-its-kind nonsurgical weight loss procedure for people with mild to moderate obesity. The system is part of a one-year comprehensive weight loss program that provides a new option for adults with a BMI of 30-40 and a related health condition who haven’t succeeded at diet and exercise alone and do not want or qualify for bariatric surgery.
“For years a significant gap has existed in treatment options for obesity with limited, effective therapies available,” said Zeid Keilani, M.D., bariatric surgeon with Palmetto Health-USC Weight Management Center. “We often see patients who are clinically obese and in desperate need of medical intervention to help them lose weight, when diet and exercise alone have failed and surgery is not an option. This provides the group of ‘in-between’ patients with access to a nonsurgical, reversible option to encourage new habits and lasting results.”
The ReShape® dual balloon is inserted in the stomach during a short outpatient procedure, where it remains for six months, serving as built-in portion control so people may feel full and less hungry. It does not change or alter the natural anatomy of the stomach in any way. During this time, and for the six months after removal, patients receive frequent in-office diet and exercise coaching sessions and access to the system’s patient portal, an online support resource that provides tools and information to help patients track weight loss, diet and exercise, and an online community where they can interact with each other.
More than 78 million adults in the U.S. are obese. In June 2013, the American Medical Association officially classified obesity as a disease. Clinically defined as having a Body Mass Index (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.
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 the diet and exercise program alone. In the clinical trial, patients lost up to 72 pounds in 12 months.
For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org/WeightManagementCenter or call 803-376-5982.
About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the South Carolina Midlands region and one of the state’s largest employers, comprises more than 15,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes six acute-care hospitals in the Midlands—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey. In the South Carolina Upstate region, Palmetto Health also co-owns Baptist Easley Hospital. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, the system also includes the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group, which serves as the entry point to the health care system with more than 500 providers serving patients in more than 80 practices and nearly 100 locations. Palmetto Health also is supported by two 501 (c)(3) foundations, and trains the next generation of physicians through its 24 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org or call 803-296-CARE (2273).