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Maestro Rechargeable System for Weight Loss
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The FDA has approved the Maestro Rechargeable System (EnteroMedics), a subcutaneously implanted device, for use in adults who have not been able to lose weight with a weight loss program within the past 5 years and who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 to 45, or a BMI ≥35 and at least one obesity-related comorbidity.

PROCEDURES FOR WEIGHT LOSS — Surgical treatment for obesity is generally limited to patients with a BMI ≥40, or a BMI ≥35 with an obesity-related comorbidity such as diabetes, hypertension, or hypercholesterolemia. Procedures that cause malabsorption (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and biliopancreatic diversion) result in greater weight loss and more adverse effects than purely restrictive procedures such as adjustable gastric banding or sleeve gastrectomy.1 Gastric balloon devices are inserted endoscopically and can be left in place for up to 6 months; when they ... more      

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