Southern California based medical device manufacturer, ReShape Medical® , launched its new ReShape Duo® intragastric dual-balloon at the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society’s (BOMSS), 3rd Annual Scientific Conference 2012 held recently (19th and 20th January 2012) at the Bristol Marriott Hotel Royal.
Attended by over 300 delegates from obesity management including bariatric surgeons, medical professionals, specialist nurses, psychologists and dieticians, the 2 day conference addressed many topical subjects. These ranged from the economics of obesity in the UK from a public health perspective, and the UK’s adolescent obesity problem, through to exploring long-term data relating to gastric banding, and looking ahead at the impact of increasing obesity in society generally.
ReShape Medical President and CEO, Richard Thompson, said of ReShape Duo’s launch, “We were gratified by the genuine interest shown in the ReShape Duo. The meeting confirmed that many UK doctors are seeking nonsurgical alternatives to offer their patients who don’t want or don’t qualify for bariatric surgery.”
As part of the conference, ReShape Medical hosted a Breakfast Symposium at which, Dr. David Ashton MD, PhD, Medical Director of Healthier Weight gave a presentation introducing the ReShape Duo. He provided an overview of its features and benefits and went on to talk about recent medical experience with the device in Italy and the US, referring to supporting data. Dr. Ashton also spoke about the ease of the procedures for placement and removal of the ReShape Duo, details of its effectiveness, how well it is tolerated by patients and its excellent safety profile.
The ReShape Duo is designed for those who have exhausted their efforts with diets alone and wish to avoid, or do not qualify for bariatric surgery. It comfortably occupies existing space in the stomach for six months, serving as built-in portion control, so patients feel full and satisfied with less food. The Duo can be placed in the stomach during a simple, fifteen minute outpatient procedure. Trained healthcare professionals at Healthier Weight will provide support during and after the balloon treatment to help patients keep weight off.