Worldwide, more than 750 million people are living with obesity. Obesity is associated with reduced quality of life, premature death, and diseases such as type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Treatment for obesity is mainly based on lifestyle changes, pharmaceuticals and surgery: Dieting and exercise are the principal methods for weight-loss. Lifestyle changes are effective to lose weight, provided high motivation. But unfortunately, the long-term results of lifestyle interventions are unsatisfactory for most people who struggle with obesity. Weight-loss surgery is highly effective, but may cause serious complications, and few patients choose to undergo weight-loss surgery. New pharmaceuticals are promising, but expensive and depends on patient adherence.
Based on our clinical research, we are developing a medical device for endoscopic obesity treatment.
Slimstitch is a single-use medical device that will be used for endoscopic obesity treatment. The treatment will be equally effective as weight-loss surgery but safer and cause fewer complications. Slimstitch is a fully integrated device, which means it incorporates camera and light, maneuverability and all other features required to perform the procedure. The device is introduced through the patient ´s mouth, and the stomach volume is reduced equivalently to obesity surgery by stitching from the inside.