Bariatric surgery has performed wonders for many thousands of patients fighting obesity, but potentially serious side-effects and high costs have spurred a search for alternatives. Now, a far less-intrusive option offers the promise of a highly safe, effective method of achieving significant weight loss, along with improved health and quality of life.

In a blog posted on The Doctor Weighs In, Dr. Laurent Biertho from Laval University, Quebec, CN, discusses very encouraging results from a two-year preliminary study of an investigational endoscopic stapler, called the Articulated Circular Endoscopic (ACE) stapler. The device is inserted into the stomach through the esophagus and can create substantial folds or plications, reducing stomach volume, diminishing appetite and leading to major weight loss.

Dr. Biertho presented data from the study “Open, Prospective Study to Evaluate the Safety and Preliminary Effectiveness of the ACE™ Stapler for the Treatment of Obesity,” abstract 396, on Sunday, May 24, at 2 p.m. PT in room 1 at the San Diego Convention Center.