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Methods and devices for maintaining a space-occupying device in a fixed relationship relative to a patient's stomach by manipulation of the stomach. In one variation, two or more regions of the stomach wall are brought into appromixation with one another and secured together in a manner that secures a space-occupying device within the stomach of the patient. In another variation, two or more regions of the stomach wall are wrapped around a space-occupying device to maintain the position of the space-occupying device relative to the stomach wall. In another variation, a system having a space-occupying member and a locking member capable holding the space-occupying member against the inner wall of the stomach are provided. In a further variation, a pouch is created within the stomach that receives and retains a space-occupying device.

Title
Methods and devices for maintaining a space occupying device in a relatively fixed location within a stomach
Application Number
10/232505
Publication Number
6981978 (B2)
Application Date
August 30, 2002
Publication Date
January 3, 2006
Inventor
James Gannoe
Redwood City
CA, US
Agent
Fulwider Patton Lee & Utecht
Assignee
Satiety
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/08
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