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Weight Loss 101: VBLOC Therapy

For those who have struggled with severe obesity throughout their life, weight loss surgery may be a lifesaving option. Today, there are a variety of options for patients to consider, and the first step to choosing the right procedure is scheduling a consultation with a surgeon who specializes in weight loss procedures.

One option that patients may want to discuss during their consultation is VBLOC® Therapy. This innovative weight loss option is delivered through the Maestro System, a medical device similar to a pacemaker, typically implanted during an outpatient procedure and helps block signals along the vagus nerve, which connects the brain and stomach. These blocked signals help patients feel full following smaller meals and reduce feelings of hunger, which helps lead to effective and safe long-term weight loss.

During the procedure, electrodes are placed on the vagus nerve between the esophagus and the stomach. The Maestro® System, the implanted device that delivers the signals that block the nerve, is a rechargeable device that can be non-invasively programed. After implantation, your surgeon will activate the device and it will begin blocking nerve signals throughout the day.

VBLOC Therapy does not surgically alter digestive anatomy in any way and is completely reversible, if desired. According to Dr. James Bittner, this weight loss option also does not affect how calories are absorbed by the body, and may help patients effectively lose weight while simultaneously making minimal lifestyle changes.

“There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for patients struggling with severe obesity, and each individual patient’s needs and goals are different,” Bittner says. “VBLOC Therapy is a wonderful option for patients to consider because the scheduled delivery for blocking the vagus nerve is customized for each patient.”

Having an honest conversation with your surgeon about goals and lifestyle changes necessary following a weight loss procedure will help determine if this procedure may be the right choice for you. For additional information about weight loss procedures, please click here to access information from our website.

Weight Loss Surgery 101: Gastric Bypass

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 80 percent of adults in the United States are overweight, and half of these people are considered obese. Obesity can pose a risk for serious conditions including Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Obesity has a long list of possible causes and can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or race. For those who cannot control their weight through diet and exercise alone and are morbidly obese, bariatric (weight loss) surgery may be a good option.

There are several different types of weight loss surgery currently available. The wide range of surgery options may seem overwhelming at first, but your surgeon can help you determine what option will be best based on a one-on-one conversation and evaluation.

One procedure available to patients is called a gastric bypass. Gastric bypass surgery was the first successful weight loss surgery, first performed more than 30 years ago, and is one of the most commonly performed weight loss surgeries today.

According to Dr. James Bittner IV, gastric bypass surgery helps patients lose weight by altering how the stomach and small intestine handle food. “Following gastric bypass surgery, food consumed by the patient only goes through a portion of the stomach and small intestine,” Bittner says. “This means that patients feel full with far less food and the amount of calories absorbed by your body is reduced.”

During a gastric bypass procedure, the surgeon divides the stomach into two sections: a small upper section, and a larger bottom section. The smaller stomach section of the stomach, which is where food will now pass through, is then connected to the small intestine, which helps the body absorb fewer calories.

If you are considering weight loss surgery, the first step is starting the conversation with a doctor who specializes in weight loss surgery. The benefits to gastric bypass surgery can be substantial for those who are morbidly obese, but just as with any surgery, there can be risks as well. Your doctor can help determine eligibility, discuss lifestyles changes that must be made along with the surgery and discuss which surgery will be the right fit.

For more information about weight loss procedures, please click here to access information from our website.