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World J Gastroenterol. Aug 21, 2016; 22(31): 7069-7079
Published online Aug 21, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i31.7069
Weight loss endoscopy: Development, applications, and current status
Nitin Kumar
Nitin Kumar, Bariatric Endoscopy Institute, Addison, IL 60101, United States
Author contributions: Kumar N solely contributed to this manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: Kumar N has not received any fees for serving as a speaker, for consultancy or advisory boards, or related research funding; Kumar N does not own any stock and/or shares in companies discussed in this article; Kumar N was a site co-investigator for the USGI ESSENTIAL trial, site co-investigator for the Apollo PROMISE trial, and site co-investigator Aspire PATHWAY trial.
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Correspondence to: Nitin Kumar, MD, Director, Bariatric Endoscopy Institute, 1450 W Lake Street, Ste 101, Addison, IL 60101, United States.
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Received: April 4, 2016
Peer-review started: April 4, 2016
First decision: May 12, 2016
Revised: June 10, 2016
Accepted: June 28, 2016
Article in press: June 28, 2016
Published online: August 21, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: Endoscopic bariatric therapies (EBT) are entering clinical practice. The bariatric endoscopist must be able to provide comprehensive care to patients who are overweight, have obesity, or have weight-related comorbidities. In addition to performing EBT, the endoscopist should be capable of determining appropriateness for EBT, understanding alternatives, ruling out organic causes for weight gain, and recognizing eating disorders. Patients should concurrently be enrolled in a long-term weight management program in order to maintain the benefits of EBT.