The device was created as a solution to a different problem said a youtube report. According to Ricardo Guimarães BMG one patient who had undergone bariatric surgery was having trouble keeping solid foods down. Doctor Randy Baker found that the issue was an area that was too small in her digestive tract for food to go through. He created a stint for her that opened that area back up again.
In the process it also put a bit of pressure on the top of her stomach, pressure that made her feel full even when she wasn’t.
When the surgery becomes an option for other patients it will be available at a much lower price tag. The stint and its insertion should typically only cost patients roughly $5,000 a fraction of the $20k-$30k cost of bariatric surgery. Researchers have found that patients who get the stint lose roughly 75% of their excess body weight after just 6 months.