Endoscopic Treatments for Obesity: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Aoife M. Egan, Adrian Vella

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In the current setting of an obesity pandemic, there is an urgent need for minimally invasive, safe, and effective interventions for weight loss. Endoscopic bariatric procedures have been developed as an alternative to more traditional medical and surgical therapies. Multiple options are undergoing evaluation or are already available for clinical use. This review aims to describe these treatments, including their mechanisms of action, efficacy, safety and the knowledge gaps regarding their use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-328
Number of pages14
JournalEndocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2020


  • Bariatric
  • Endoscopy
  • Intragastric balloon
  • Obesity
  • Sleeve gastroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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