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.

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