Objective Endoscopic suture gastroplasty (ESG) has been developed as an alternative treatment for moderately obese patients. We present our results of a short-term randomised controlled trial on a new suturing technique, the Endomina system (E-ESG, Endo Tools therapeutics, Belgium).
Design Eligible patients (body mass index 30–40 kg/m2) were randomised in a 2:1 ratio to receive lifestyle modification plus E-ESG or lifestyle modification alone (control group); dietetic counselling and follow-up were identical. Endpoints included a mean excess weight loss (EWL) of more than 25% 12 months after E-ESG and a 15% EWL difference at 6 months between groups. At 6 months, a cross-over to E-ESG was offered to the control group. All patients were followed for a total of 12 months after E-ESG.
Results Of the 71 patients included (five male, mean age 40 years), mean EWL at 6 months was significantly higher in the treatment (38.6%, n=45) than in the control group (13.4%, n=21; p<0.001). At 6 months, satiety tests demonstrated a higher decrease in mean volume (41% vs 2.5%, p<0.001), and mean quality of life (QoL) was also higher in the treatment group (52.8 vs 45.1 p<0.05). No procedure-related or device-related severe adverse events were observed. Twelve months follow-up after E-ESG showed a mean EWL of 45.1%, which translated into a total body weight loss of 11.8%.
Conclusions This study demonstrates that E-ESG is safe and effective, providing a 25% better EWL at 6 months than lifestyle modification alone. This weight loss was maintained and resulted in a significant improvement in QoL up to 18 months after treatment.
Trial registration number NCT03255005.
- therapeutic endoscopy
- clinical trials
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MAB and JD are joint senior authors.
Collaborators Hassane Njimi; Sandy Field
Contributors VH: writing the protocol, conducting the study, data analysis and interpretation, writing the manuscript, reviewing the manuscript IB: writing the protocol, conducting the study, writing the manuscript VB: conducting the study, data collection, critical revision of the manuscript. PVO: conducting the study, data collection and analysis, writing and critical revision of the manuscript. GC: critical revision of the manuscript. MAB: writing the protocol, conducting the study, data analysis and interpretation, writing the manuscript, critical revision of the manuscript. JD: writing the protocol, conducting the study, data analysis and interpretation, writing the manuscript, critical revision of the manuscript.
Funding This study is an academic study conducted in two centers. Endo Tools Therapeutics SA provided the instruments free of charge and a grant covering data management expenses to each center. Vincent Huberty and Jacques Deviere are shareholders of Endo Tools Therapeutics SA, which was initially a start-up of the Université Libre de Bruxelles where they are appointed.
Competing interests This study is an academic study conducted in two centers. Endo Tools Therapeutics SA provided the instruments free of charge and a grant covering data management expenses to each center. Vincent Huberty and Jacques Deviere are shareholders of Endo Tools Therapeutics SA, which was initially a start-up of the Université Libre de Bruxelles where they are appointed.
Patient consent for publication Not required.
Ethics approval The protocol was approved by the Ethics Committees at each institution.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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