A 55-year-old obese female patient was able to lose 48 pounds after undergoing an experimental weight-loss surgery called transoral gastroplasty. The procedure involves the use of a small camera and a flexible stapling device inserted through the mouth to create a tiny pouch in the stomach for collecting food. Satiety, a device firm that is sponsoring clinical trials of the procedure, expects to get FDA approval for the surgery within the next couple of years.

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