EMMC First in Maine to Offer Weight Loss Balloon

EMMC First in Maine to Offer Weight Loss Balloon

The first things that come to mind when people hear the words “weight loss” are usually diet and exercise. Some may even opt for surgery when diet and exercise alone are not enough. But what about options for patients who either do not qualify for weight loss surgery or are uncomfortable with a surgical approach?

A new non-surgical option called ReShape® is now available in Maine at Eastern Main Medical Center (EMMC).  Approved by the FDA for adult patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40, the ReShape Procedure jump starts a patient’s weight loss by placing two saline-filled balloons made from medical-grade silicone into the stomach for six months. As the intragastric balloon remains in the stomach, the patient meets with a ReShape coach who provides personalized nutrition, fitness, and behavioral guidance. With the help of a ReShape coach, a patient can focus on adopting healthy eating, exercise and lifestyle habits that will maximize their weight loss goals.

“What the [ReShape] balloon does is it occupies some big space of the stomach, makes the space for eating really small, so it makes it easier to adhere to the physician’s supervised diet,” says Dr. Fariba Dayhim, Medical Director at EMMC.

The connected gastric balloons are designed to improve safety by minimizing the risk of mitigation and improve comfort by conforming to the natural shape of a patient’s stomach.
Unlike typical bariatric surgeries, ReShape is not a permanent implant and does not permanently reroute a patient’s digestive system. The insertion of the gastric balloon is completed in about 20 minutes with no hospital stay required.

ReShape offers a proven approach that can help patients lose weight and keep it off for good. With ReShape, patients have lost up to 81 pounds in six months and have benefited from a multitude of advantages that are linked to weight loss, including improved health, reduced risk of serious illnesses, improved quality of life, and improved psychological health.

To learn more about how you can help patients with a BMI of 30 to 40 achieve life-changing weight loss without surgery, visit here for more information on ReShape and how it can help you grow your practice.