Transcatheter Bariatric Embolotherapy for Weight Reduction in Obesity

Vivek Y. Reddy, Petr Neužil, Daniel Musikantow, Petra Sramkova, Robert Rosen, Nicholas Kipshidze, Nodar Kipshidze, Martin Fried

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Background: Obesity is well-appreciated to result in poor cardiovascular and metabolic outcomes. Dietary and medical weight loss strategies are frequently unsuccessful and unsustainable. Bariatric surgery is quite effective, but is reserved for the most obese patients because of the associated intraoperative/post-operative risks. In preclinical and early clinical case series, a novel therapy, transcatheter bariatric embolotherapy (TBE) of the left gastric artery, has been reported to promote weight loss by reducing ghrelin, an appetite-stimulating hormone secreted from the gastric fundus. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine TBE in a single-blind, sham procedure randomized trial. Methods: Obese subjects (body mass index 35 to 55 kg/m2) were randomized 1:1 to either sham or TBE targeting the left gastric artery using an occlusion balloon microcatheter to administer 300- to 500-μm embolic beads. All patients entered a lifestyle counseling program. Patients and physicians performing follow-up were blind to the allocated therapy. Endoscopy was performed at baseline and 1-week post-procedure. The primary endpoint was 6-month total body weight loss (TBWL). Results: Eligible subjects (n = 44; age 45.5 ± 9.4 years; 8 men/36 women; body mass index 39.6 ± 3.8 kg/m2) were randomized to undergo the sham or TBE procedure with no device-related complications and 1 vascular complication. Patients reported mild nausea and vomiting, and endoscopy revealed only minor self-limiting ulcers in 5 patients. At 6 months, in both the intention-to-treat and per-protocol populations, the TBWL was greater with TBE (7.4 kg/6.4% and 9.4 kg/8.3% loss, respectively) than sham (3.0 kg/2.8% and 1.9 kg/1.8%, respectively; p = 0.034/0.052 and p = 0.0002/0.0011, respectively). The TBWL was maintained with TBE at 12 months (intention-to-treat 7.8 kg/6.5% loss, per-protocol 9.3 kg/9.3% loss; p = 0.0011/0.0008, p = 0.0005/0.0005, respectively). Conclusions: In this randomized pilot trial, we have established the proof-of-principle that transcatheter bariatric embolotherapy of the left gastric artery is well-tolerated and promotes clinically significant weight loss over a sham procedure.(The

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2305-2317
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number20
StatePublished - 17 Nov 2020


  • bariatric embolization
  • embolotherapy
  • ghrelin
  • left gastric artery
  • obesity
  • weight loss


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