1st patient enrolled in Apollo Endosurgery study to treat non-alcoholic steatohepatitis: 4 points

Apollo Endosurgery enrolled the first patient in a multi-center randomized controlled trial endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty using Apollo's OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing System in patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.

Here are four things to know.

1. The study aims to compare the efficacy of ESG and lifestyle modification to lifestyle modification alone in resolving NASH without worsening of fibrosis in obese patients. The study intends to improve liver histology in obese NASH patients without increased bariatric surgery risks.

2. Nearly 82 percent of NASH patients are obese. NASH results from triglyceride accumulation in the liver, causing inflammation which can lead to cirrhosis. Nearly 82 percent of NASH patients are obese, and NASH affects over 5 percent of the global population.

3. The OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing System allows physicians to place full-thickness sutures from a flexible endoscope.

4. Apollo Endosurgery is a bariatric and gastrointestinal medical device company with products offered in more than 70 countries.

Here is more information on the trial.

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