Advances in the Endoscopic Management of Obesity

Jason Behary, Vivek Kumbhari

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Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic with significant impact on quality of life, morbidity, and mortality rates. Over the past two decades, bariatric surgery has established itself as the most effective and durable treatment for patients with obesity and its associated comorbidities. However, despite the use of minimally invasive techniques, bariatric surgery is associated with complications in approximately 15% of patients, has a substantial cost, and is used by only 1% of patients who are eligible. Therefore, there is a need for effective minimally invasive therapies, which will be utilized by the large proportion of obese patients who are in desperate need of treatment but are not receiving any. Endoscopic approaches to the management of obesity have been developed, with the aim of delivering more effective, durable, and safer methods of weight reduction. In this paper, we review currently available and future endoscopic therapies that will likely join the armamentarium used in the management of obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number757821
JournalGastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume2015
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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Obesity
Bariatric Surgery
Therapeutics
Comorbidity
Weight Loss
Quality of Life
Morbidity
Costs and Cost Analysis
Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology

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