Current Obesity Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 162–171 | Cite as

Devices and Endoscopic Bariatric Therapies for Obesity

  • Katherine H. Saunders
  • Leon I. Igel
  • Monica Saumoy
  • Reem Z. Sharaiha
  • Louis J. Aronne
Obesity Treatment (CM Apovian, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Obesity Treatment


Purpose of Review

In this review, we describe the FDA-approved and investigational devices and endoscopic bariatric therapies for the treatment of obesity. We focus on literature published in the past few years and present mechanisms of action as well as efficacy and safety data.

Recent Findings

Devices and endoscopic procedures are emerging options to fill the significant treatment gap in the management of obesity. Not only are these devices and procedures minimally invasive and reversible, but they are potentially more effective than antiobesity medications, often safer for poor surgical candidates and possibly less expensive than bariatric surgery.


As many patients require a variety of management strategies (medications, devices, procedures, and/or surgery) in addition to lifestyle modifications to achieve clinically significant weight loss, the future of obesity treatment involves a multidisciplinary approach. Combinations of advanced treatment strategies can lead to additive or synergistic weight loss. This is an area that requires further investigation.


Obesity Devices Endoscopic bariatric therapy Intragastric balloon Aspiration therapy Vagal blockade 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Katherine H. Saunders declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Leon I. Igel declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Monica Saumoy declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Reem Z. Sharaiha has received grant support from Apollo Endosurgery and Boston Scientific.

Louis J. Aronne has received research funding from Aspire Bariatrics, Eisai, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. He declares consultant/advisory board work with Jamieson Labs, Pfizer, Novo Nordisk, Eisai, VIVUS, GI Dynamics, JOVIA Health, and Gelesis. He is a shareholder of Zafgen, Gelesis, MYOS Corporation, and Jamieson Labs, and he is on the Board of Directors of MYOS Corporation and Jamieson Labs.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine H. Saunders
    • 1
  • Leon I. Igel
    • 1
  • Monica Saumoy
    • 2
  • Reem Z. Sharaiha
    • 2
  • Louis J. Aronne
    • 1
  1. 1.Comprehensive Weight Control Center, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and MetabolismWeill Cornell MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Divison of Gastroenterology and HepatologyWeill Cornell MedicineNew YorkUSA

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