LOS ANGELES and SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- (Booth #529) -- ReShape Medical, Inc. announced today that the company will focus on physician education and training, as well as its comprehensive patient care program at ObesityWeek 2015, taking place this week in Los Angeles. Building on substantial momentum since FDA approval of the ReShape™ Integrated Dual Balloon System in July, the company will host and be featured in educational events and training courses developed to provide bariatric surgeons with key learnings and shared insights on the use of the dual balloon system in clinical practice.
"This year's meeting is particularly significant for ReShape Medical® as it is an important opportunity to highlight the advanced features of our dual balloon system," said Rick Thompson, President and CEO of ReShape Medical, Inc. "We will be providing physicians and allied health professionals with training to successfully integrate the ReShape Procedure into their practices. A major part of this will be the comprehensive patient care program including support tools for both practices and patients that are critical for long term weight loss success."
ReShape 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 do not qualify for bariatric surgery.
Key events for ReShape Medical at ObesityWeek 2015 include:
1) CME Training Sessions featuring hands-on ReShape Procedure demonstrations
Intragastric Balloon - A Reasonable Approach: This course will help surgeons new to balloons understand risks, benefits, expected outcomes, patient selection, placement and removal procedures, pre- and post-operative management, and prevention/treatment of complications.
Tuesday, November 3, 8:00 am–12:00 pm, Los Angeles Conference Center Room Petree D
Endoscopic Primary and Revisional Surgical Procedures: Designed for practicing bariatric surgeons new to the field who are involved in the treatment of obesity and metabolic disorders.
Tuesday, November 3, 1:30-5:30 pm, Conference Center Room Petree D
Live Webcast of ReShape Procedure from abroad
A live insertion procedure of the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System, performed by Theodore Ngatchu, MD, FRCP, and moderated by Jaime Ponce, MD, FACS, will be broadcast to attendees. Session 1: Emerging Procedures and Controversies, Special and Difficult Cases
Friday, November 6, 7:30 am, Conference Center Hall G
2) ReShape Medical featured as Regional leader in Emerging Technologies Showcase
New this year at ASMBS, this patient-focused showcase will include leading, regional health-tech companies. Dr. Jaime Ponce will present on the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System.
Wednesday, November 4, 4:50 pm, Conference Center Hall G (Showcase runs from 4:15-6:00 pm)
3) Get ReShape™ Ready: The ReShape Practice Integration Program
An invitation-only symposium hosted by ReShape Medical. Key learnings from current physicians will be shared including how to attract a new patient population and procedural tips for patient care and communication.
Thursday, November 5, 6:00-7:30 pm, JW Marriott Plaza 1-3, 3rd floor (Invitation Only)
4) Clinical Paper: Characterization and Management of Gastrointestinal Accommodative Symptoms Associated with Treatment with a Dual Intragastric Balloon for Obesity.
Presented by Jaime Ponce, MD
Paper Session VIII: Emerging Technologies
Thursday, November 5, 4:00-4:15 pm, Conference Center Room 403AB (Full session runs from 3:45-5:15 pm)
5) Your Weight Matters patient education event for Los Angeles area residents
Presented by the Obesity Action Coalition and supported in part by ReShape Medical. The Your Weight Matters Local Events Program is a free event open to LA area individuals newly starting or re-engaging in their journey to improved weight and health and is intended to provide support through behavioral and lifestyle education.
Saturday, November 7, 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Conference Center Room 152
About the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System
The ReShape Dual Balloon is a next generation technology designed to enhance performance in three important areas. First, two connected balloons have the largest fill volume available, taking up more space in the stomach than the old style single balloons. Second, it is designed for greater comfort by distributing the fill volume across two balloons, connected by a flexible shaft, which allows the device to conform to the natural shape of the stomach. Finally, the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon is the only intragastric balloon that is designed to help prevent the migration of a deflated balloon from the stomach into the intestines.
In a U.S. randomized, sham control, double blinded study, patients that had the ReShape Procedure lost 2.3 times as much weight as a control group that received diet and exercise coaching only. There were also measurable and sustained improvements in co-morbidities and strong patient satisfaction. In a study of the ReShape Procedure in commercial use in Europe, ReShape patients on average lost 36 pounds, or 47% of their excess weight at six months and maintained 94% of their weight loss at one year.
About ReShape Medical, Inc.
ReShape Medical, Inc. is a medical device company focused on the development and commercialization of its dual intragastric balloon for weight loss. Driven by a passion to address the worldwide obesity epidemic, the company has developed a non-surgical alternative for obese patients seeking treatment. Additional company information can be found at www.ReShapeReady.com. The ReShape Procedure has been available in the European Union since December 2011.
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