SAN CLEMENTE, CA / ACCESSWIRE / December 6, 2018 / ReShape Lifesciences Inc. (NASDAQ: RSLS), a developer of minimally invasive medical devices to treat obesity and metabolic diseases, today announced that the Company is further expanding their ReShape Balloon business in the Middle East via several recent developments:

  • In January 2019, Dr. Haya Ahmed Khalfan Isa Khalfan, Consultant General Surgeon at BDF Military Hospital in Bahrain will be trained at a facility in the United States on using the ReShape Balloon. Dr. Khalfan will be the first surgeon in Bahrain to be trained on the ReShape Balloon.
  • ReShape Lifesciences recently received a large order for ReShape Balloons from the Company’s distributor in Saudi Arabia, matching their largest previous order.
  • More than 20 reputable centers and hospitals in the Middle East are now ReShape Balloon customers

According to Renew Bariatrics, as much as 75% of the population in the Middle East Region is overweight or obese, which is over twice the worldwide obesity rate of 30%. Accordingly, the ReShape Balloon has been increasing its presence and share of the Middle East markets, namely in the top Gulf Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE and soon in Bahrain.

About ReShape Lifesciences Inc.

ReShape Lifesciences is a medical device company focused on technologies to treat obesity and metabolic diseases. The FDA-approved ReShape Balloon System involves a non-surgical weight loss procedure that uses advanced balloon technology designed to take up room in the stomach to help people with a 30-40 kg/m2 Body Mass Index (BMI) and at least one co-morbidity lose weight. The ReShape Vest System is an investigational, minimally invasive, laparoscopically implanted medical device that wraps around the stomach, emulating the gastric volume reduction effect of conventional weight-loss surgery, and is intended to enable rapid weight loss in obese and morbidly obese patients without permanently changing patient anatomy.

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CONTACT:

Investor Contact:
Scott Youngstrom
Chief Financial Officer
ReShape Lifesciences Inc.
949-429-6680 x106
syoungstrom@reshapelifesci.com

or

Debbie Kaster
Investor Relations
Gilmartin Group
415-937-5403
debbie@gilmartinir.com

SOURCE: ReShape Lifesciences Inc.



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