Dr. Pullido first in area to offer non-surgical weight loss procedure

SALEM – General Surgeon Jonathan Pulido, M.D., is the first physician in Northeastern Ohio to offer the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System, which is an FDA approved, first-of-its-kind non-surgical weight loss procedure for people with mild to moderate obesity. ReShape provides a new option for adults with a body mass index (BMI) between 30-40 and a related health condition, who haven’t succeeded at diet and exercise alone and are not a candidate for bariatric surgery.

“We often see patients who are overweight and want a medical intervention to help them lose weight, when diet and exercise alone have failed and surgery is not an option,” Dr. Pulido explained. “ReShape provides these individuals with access to a non-surgical, reversible option; along with the tools to encourage new habits and lasting results.”

How ReShape Works

The ReShape Dual Balloon is inserted in the stomach during a short outpatient procedure, while the patient is comfortably sedated under light anesthesia. An endoscope is used to place the uninflated balloons into the stomach; then saline (salt water) is used to inflate the balloons when they are properly positioned. The dual balloon system is designed to improve safety and more comfortably conform to the shape of the stomach.

“The balloons remain in the stomach for six months, and act as a built-in portion control, helping the person feel full and less hungry,” Dr. Pulido said. “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 their normal activities in just a few days.”

“While the dual balloons are inside the stomach and for the six months after the balloons’ removal, patients receive frequent, in-office diet and exercise coaching sessions. In addition, they have access to the ReShape Patient Portal, which is an online support resource that provides tools and information to help patients track weight loss, diet and exercise; along with access to an online community for ReShape patients.”

“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 their weight off or continue to lose, even after the balloons are removed.”

More than 78 million adults in the U.S. are obese. In June 2013, the American Medical Association officially classified obesity as a disease. Clinically defined as having a BMI of more than 30, obesity can lead to numerous, serious health complications including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

Free ReShape Community Seminar

Dr. Pulido will be presenting an overview of the new ReShape procedure during a free community seminar to be held at 6:30 p.m. June 2 at the Salem Community Center, 1098 N. Ellsworth Ave. To register for the program call Salem General Surgery at 330-337-2868. For more information about this proven way to achieve significant weight loss, visit salemgeneralsurgery.com or ReShapeReady.com.