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Apollo gains South Korean approval for the Orbera Balloon System

More than 30% of adults in South Korea were considered moderately obese or severely obese

Apollo Endosurgery has announced that the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety’s (MFDS) has approved of its Orbera Intragastric Balloon System to assist adult patients who are overweight with a BMI> 27 in losing and maintaining weight.

Orbera is an incision-less, non-surgical weight loss solution designed for adult patients who are overweight or obese, who are not appropriate for or considering invasive surgery, but for whom diet and exercise or pharmaceutical interventions have not worked. In an endoscopic procedure, the thin and deflated Orbera balloon is placed into the stomach. It is then filled with saline until it’s about the size of a grapefruit. The procedure typically takes about 20 minutes and the patient can generally go home the same day. At six months, through another non-surgical procedure, the Orbera balloon is deflated and then removed.

Once the balloon is in place, the patient works with their physician and their staff in a formal lifestyle modification program to meet their long-term weight loss goals. Coaching takes place over 12 months, even though the balloon is removed after six months. The program is designed to help the patient develop sustainable, healthy habits that will help keep weight off over time.

Studies have shown that Asians are more vulnerable to obesity complications including type 2 diabetes, dyslipidaemia and hypertension. As a result, the Asia Pacific regional guidelines of the WHO and International Obesity Task Force define obesity as BMI≥25.0. Data published in 2017 from the National Health Insurance System of South Korea (NHIS) reported that more than 30% of adults in South Korea were considered moderately obese or severely obese (BMI≥25.0). NHIS insures approximately 97% of the population in South Korea.

Shin Han Systek Co. Ltd. is the exclusive distributor for Orbera in South Korea. 

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