Burnett's invention, currently in the testing phase of development, would not require surgery. The patient would simply have to swallow a pill the size of a large vitamin. Within 15 minutes to a half-hour, the capsule expands in the stomach. Since there is a small chance the capsule might stick someplace it shouldn't, like in the esophagus or intestine, Burnett engineered the pill to expand to only about an inch in diameter.
Monday, May 5, 2003
Wired News: Tiny Capsule Could Fight Fat
Posted By Allen at 11:50 AM
Wired News has a story about a new medical device that you would swallow to help people who are overweight to safely reduce their weight. This could be really big, no pun intended, in the US. This company might be one to watch.