We are happy to announce the weight loss ballon is now approved, and Dr. Jaime Ponce is offering this treatment option for patients in Chattanooga, TN; Knoxville, TN; Atlanta, GA and surrounding areas. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the new device which is called “ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System.” You may also hear it called the ReShape Dual Balloon, Reshape, or “the weight loss balloon”. This device was created to help obese adult patients lose weight without surgery – which is the most effective means of weight loss.
The balloon takes up space in the stomach, so patients report feeling more full. The procedure is done with light sedation, and usually takes under 30 minutes. The balloon is removed in a similar procedure, within 6 months of being placed. Before receiving approval, the balloon device was studied using clinical trials. Dr. Ponce participated in these trials and has presented data about the balloon at multiple national conferences. He is well-familiar with the benefits, risks, and process involved with succeeding at weight loss with the balloon. In the clinical trials, patients with the balloon lost about twice as much weight as patients without it. The also kept the majority of their weight off, 6 months after the balloon was removed.
Patients who are interested in finding out if they are good candidates for the weight loss balloon can learn more at ReShape’s website here and Chattanooga Bariatrics’ site here. You can contact our office at 866-214-4441 or send us a message through our Contact page.