Purpose: To evaluate the technical feasibility, safety, and efficacy of a novel full sense device (FSD) for the treatment of obesity in a porcine model. Materials and Methods: The novel FSD comprised a self-expanding metallic esophageal stent connected to a star-shaped nitinol disk. Three types of FSD were used: fully covered (type A), fully covered with barbs (type B), and uncovered with barbs (type C). Nine juvenile pigs were divided into two groups: FSD (n = 6) and control (n = 3). FSD type A was placed in the FSD group. In case of migration, either FSD type B or type C was then randomly placed. Food intake was monitored daily. Weight changes and ghrelin hormone levels were monitored weekly for 12 weeks. Results: FSD placement was technically successful in all pigs. All FSDs except one migrated to the stomach within 1 week after placement. The pig in which the FSD was retained showed decreased food intake in the first week after FSD placement, and there was a difference in the final weight between the FSD pig and control pigs. The percentage of weight gain was 116.6% in the control group and 105.3% in the FSD pig. Conclusion: FSD placement under fluoroscopic and endoscopic guidance is technically feasible and safe in a porcine model. The uncovered FSD appears to decrease food intake and reduce the rate of weight gain. However, the high FSD migration rate is not encouraging.
- Full sense device
- Weight loss
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Nutrition and Dietetics