The ReShape® gastric balloon procedure is a new FDA approved, non-surgical approach to weight loss that is proven to help people achieve and maintain significant weight loss. It is completely different from any diet or program you may have tried before. The ReShape® gastric balloon procedure was specifically designed for patients with a lower body mass index (BMI) between 30- 40. ReShape® gastric balloon may be a good weight loss option for people who do not qualify or do not want surgery.

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How the Gastric Balloon Works

With the ReShape® gastric balloon, two connected balloons filled with saline (salt water) are placed temporarily inside your stomach in an outpatient medical setting. The procedure lasts about 20 minutes while you are comfortably sedated under light anesthesia. New Jersey Bariatric Center® physicians use an endoscope to insert the dual gastric balloons into the stomach, and saline is used to inflate the balloons once they are properly positioned. The gastric balloons are then inflated, the endoscope is removed and the insertion procedure is complete. The dual gastric balloons remain in the stomach for six months.

When filled with saline, the balloons help you lose weight and encourage healthy eating habits by taking up room in your stomach, so there is less space for food. You can still eat the healthy foods you enjoy, but the balloons act as built-in portion control, helping you feel full and less hungry.

After six months, the dual gastric balloons are deflated and removed during a similar endoscopic procedure.

ReShape® is a proven way to achieve significant weight loss, according to a peer-reviewed study published in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. In this study, patients lost more than twice as much weight with ReShape® than with diet and exercise alone.1 Most ReShape® patients kept the weight off or continue to lose, even after the balloons are removed, according to the study.

Dual-Balloon Technology

Only the ReShape® gastric balloon procedure places two connected, medical-grade and saline-filled balloons inside your stomach for six months. The ReShape® Integrated Dual Balloon is designed to take up room in your stomach, which creates a feeling of fullness and may help you feel satisfied with less food. The dual gastric balloon is designed to conform to the curvature of the stomach for comfort, and also includes an anti-migration feature; if one gastric balloon deflates, the second gastric balloon prevents the device from passing into the intestines for increased safety.

The gastric balloon placement is completed endoscopically, without surgery, in an outpatient setting. There are no incisions, scars or permanent changes to your digestive system. The procedure is completely reversible, and patients are often able to return to work and normal activities in just a few days.

One Year of Comprehensive Nutritional Counseling and Support

The gastric balloons are a weight loss jump-start. Many patients experience rapid weight loss initially, providing the motivation required to keep going and make the changes stick. The New Jersey Bariatric Center® team of registered dietitians and doctors will provide you with a full year of personalized counseling to support your success, and help you make the changes that will encourage a lifetime of healthy living.

ReShape® gastric balloon combines the portion-controlling benefits of the balloons with comprehensive counseling to change your eating habits, enhance your physical fitness and help you adopt a healthy lifestyle that supports long-term success. While the gastric balloons are inside your stomach, you will meet monthly with the weight loss team at New Jersey Bariatric Center® and receive personalized nutrition, fitness and behavior guidance to help maximize your success. After the balloons are removed, you will continue to meet with your coaching team to make sure that you maintain your healthy lifestyle to reach your goals. With ongoing coaching support, most patients maintain their weight loss or continue to lose weight.

Patients also have access to the ReShape® Patient Portal, a comprehensive tool that has everything you need to track your success. The portal includes:

  • Activity tracking
  • Articles and recipes
  • Community forums
  • Food logging
  • Goal setting
  • Important reminders
  • The ability to easily share data with your doctor
  • Weight logging

1. Ponce J, Woodman G, Swain J, et al; for the REDUCE Pivotal Trial Investigators. The REDUCE pivotal trial: a prospective, randomized controlled pivotal trial of a dual intragastric balloon for the treatment of obesity [published online ahead of print December 16, 2014]. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2014. 12.006.