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Roger Williams first in RI to offer new non-surgical approach to weight loss

ReShape Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedure offered at Roger Williams Medical CenterRoger Williams Medical Center is the first hospital in Rhode Island to offer ReShape, a new FDA approved, non-surgical approach to weight loss that is proven to help people achieve and maintain significant weight loss. The procedure is performed at Roger Williams by Dr. Nabil Toubia, a gastroenterologist with specific training in the ReShape procedure. 

To learn more or see if they qualify for the ReShape procedure, patients can call 401-456-2309.

“ReShape may be a good weight loss option for people who do not qualify or do not want surgery,” said Dr. Toubia. “It is specifically designed for patients with a lower BMI between 30–40.”

ReShape is another weight loss tool now offered at Roger Williams, which has been home to more than 3,000 weight loss surgeries as a "Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence" since 2005.

With ReShape, 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. An endoscope is used to insert the balloons into the stomach, and saline is used to inflate the balloons when they are properly positioned. Once the balloons are inflated, the endoscope is removed and the insertion procedure is complete. The balloons remain in the stomach for 6 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 balloons are deflated and removed during a similar endoscopic procedure.

Dual-Balloon Technology

Only the ReShape 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 balloon is designed to conform to the curvature of the stomach for comfort, and also includes an anti-migration feature, so if one balloon deflates, the second balloon prevents the device from passing into the intestines for increased safety.

The 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.

The 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. Patients also receive a full year of personalized coaching to support their success in helping to make the changes necessary for a lifetime of healthy living.

One Year of Comprehensive Coaching and Support

ReShape combines the portion-controlling benefits of the balloons with comprehensive coaching to change patient’s eating habits, physical fitness level, and movement towards a healthy lifestyle. While the balloons are inside a patient’s stomach, they will meet monthly with coaches and receive personalized nutrition, fitness, and behavior guidance to help maximize their success. After the balloons are removed, patients continue to meet with coaches to make sure they are maintaining a healthy lifestyle to reach their 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 needed to track success. The portal includes: weight logging, food logging, activity tracking, goal setting, articles and recipes, community forums, important reminders, and the ability to easily share data with your doctor.

Life-Changing Weight Loss, Without Surgery

ReShape is a proven way to achieve significant weight loss. In a recent study, patients lost more than twice as much weight with ReShape than with diet and exercise alone.

Most ReShape patients keep the weight off or continue to lose, even after the balloons are removed. ReShape is a non-surgical procedure. If you do not want or do not qualify for surgery, the ReShape Procedure may be a good option for you.