ReShape - A Non-Surgical Approach to Weight Loss - Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

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Published on January 27, 2016

ReShape - A Non-Surgical Approach to Weight Loss

ReShape is a new, FDA approved, non-surgical approach to weight loss that is proven to help people achieve and maintain significant weight loss.

"The ReShape procedure is specifically designed for patients with a BMI between 30–40 who do not qualify or do not want surgery," says Dr. Bobby Wu, a bariatric surgeon with Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group. "It's a short 20-minute outpatient procedure that, combined with our personalized counseling program, can help people achieve life-changing weight loss."

While under light sedation, an endoscope is used to insert two connected balloons into the stomach. Saline is used to inflate the balloons when they are properly positioned. Once the balloons are inflated, the endoscope is removed and the procedure is complete. The balloons remain in the stomach for six months.

"The balloons take up room in the stomach, so there is less space for food," explains Dr. Wu. "With the help of our dietitians, we will provide dietary guidance to help you enjoy while maintaining excellent satiety. The balloons act as built-in portion control, helping you to feel satisfied with less food."

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

"Our program also includes pre- and post-procedure counseling," says Dr. Wu. "We offer personalized coaching, group support and online support to provide the motivation and education required to encourage a lifetime of healthy living."

With ongoing coaching support, most patients maintain their weight loss or continue to lose weight. Results will vary, but in the ReShape clinical trial, patients who committed to the program lost up to 72 pounds over 12 months.

For More Information

To learn more about ReShape and additional weight loss programs at Wheaton, view our Weight Management Options.

Dr. Bobby Wu and Dr. James Burhop are currently the only two physicians in the Milwaukee area performing the ReShape procedure. They practice at Bariatric Institute and are currently accepting patients. For more information, please call 262-785-7770.

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A Non-Surgical Approach to Weight Loss