Photo: bariatric surgeon Zeid Keilani, M.D.
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-USC Medical Group
The Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group is a not-for-profit company that brings together health care providers from two of South Carolina’s most respected organizations – Palmetto Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. With more than 600 providers and 2,200 team members in nearly 90 practices and more than 100 locations, we form the largest multispecialty medical group and provide the broadest range of health care services in the Midlands region. For more information, visit phuscmg.org.