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Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeons Announces First NJ Procedure for FDA Approved Intragastric Dual Balloon System

Alexander Abkin, MD from Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeons of Morris Performs First ReShape Procedure At Florham Park Surgery Center (NJ)

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY.— February 9, 2016 — Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeons of Morris today announced that the first commercial New Jersey patient has received the ReShape Intragastric Dual Balloon System following its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July. 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. Performed at Florham Park Surgery Center by Dr. Alexander Abkin, the approximately 20-minute non-surgical procedure is the first in New Jersey to be successfully done.

Comprehensive dietary support and follow-up is done at Dr. Abkin’s bariatric office in Florham Park, NJ and is integrated into established bariatric patient management, offered to achieve successful weight loss. The ReShape Intragastric Dual Balloon is now available as Dr. Abkin and his team are trained on the procedure and support program to optimize patient outcomes.

“ReShape is working in partnership with physicians that have the skills and capabilities to help patients achieve their best results,” said Richard Thompson, President and CEO, ReShape Medical. “Patients can feel confident that ReShape providers will work with them to take advantage of all of the tools available in the 12-month program.”

The ReShape Procedure includes individual nutrition and exercise coaching from allied health professionals at the ReShape physician’s office, and access to the innovative ReShape Patient Portal that provides a unique experience as patients track their food intake, exercise and weight loss. The portal includes an online support community where patients can interact with each other and receive helpful tips and healthy recipes. ReShape also provides patients with support tools including a portion plate to kick start behavior modification, a wireless Fitbit® scale and a Fitbit activity tracker that automatically sync to the patient portal.

“The ReShape Intragastric Dual Balloon offers an innovative and truly effective advancement in non-surgical weight loss options, but it is only part of the solution,” said Dr. Abkin. “With the intragastric dual balloon in place, participation in counseling and access to the support tools we provide are crucial to helping patients adjust their eating habits and adapt a healthier life style for long term success.”

About the ReShape Intragastric 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 Intragastric 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 32 pounds, or 47% of their excess weight at six months and maintained 98% 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.

About Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeons of Morris

Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeons of Morris is a bariatric practice in Florham Park, New Jersey that specializes in surgical and non-surgical weight loss methods. For more information call 973-410-9700 or visit www.njbariatricsurgeons.com

Media Contact:
Patricia Cameron
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeons of Morris, LLC
info@alsnj.com
973-410-9700

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