A New Weight Loss Device in the Works - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/10/08

A New Weight Loss Device in the Works

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It's estimated there are about 400 million people worldwide who are obese. Last year, about 200,000 of those turned to bariatric surgery to drop the pounds. Now, some doctors are hoping a small device will offer an easier way to lose the weight.

Doctors at Tufts New England Medical Center are among a handful of centers around the country taking part in this new study using "V-Bloc Therapy for Weight Loss". The idea is to control the vagus nerves, which help regulate the sense of hunger and fullness in the brain.   In a minimally invasive procedure, a pacemaker-like device is implanted in the patient with electrodes going to the vagus nerves. The device can be turned on and off with an external controller used by the patient.

Dr. Scott Shikora, a bariatric surgeon, says that, "Patients don't feel the same hunger, don't have the same need to eat the size portions that they did prior to the device being activated."  He adds, "New technology like the V-Bloc have come along and offer patients the potential for the good results with dramatically less complications."

The V-Block is still under study and targets obese people between the ages of 18 and 55.  If you'd like more information on this weight loss study,  (Click Here) or call 1-866-97-VBLOC.

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