Weight Loss Through Implantable Device
Your body regulates weight through a complex process, each part "talking" to the others through brain and hormonal signals. The brain receives incoming messages and sends new instructions to your body in order to maintain what it feels is a healthy weight. vBloc Neurometabolic Therapy is a new weight-loss option for people with a BMI of 35-39.9 with a health-related condition or a BMI of 40-45. An implantable device, called the Maestro System, intermittently blocks the signals between your stomach and your brain, called the Vagus nerve,acting as a hunger pacemaker - blocking hunger.
How the Maestro System Works
The Maestro System, a pacemaker-like device, is implanted by a metabolic and bariatric surgeon just under the skin, typically during an outpatient procedure that can be performed as a "same day" surgery. The procedure is performed laparoscopically, using up to five small incisions in the abdomen to implant the leads. The neuroregulator is implanted under the skin. During this procedure, the surgeon will also connect two device wires around your Vagus nerve in the area just above your stomach.
Why is vBloc Different?
Unlike other treatments, vBloc Therapy does not prevent nutrient absorption or alter your anatomy. It just blocks hunger. Because the therapy directly targets your source of hunger, losing weight does not require you to change the foods you eat. vBloc is an active treatment that works throughout the day. It can be completely reversible and be deactivated or removed at any time.
What is the Cost?
Because this procedure is new and investigational, insurance providers do not currently cover the costs. Please contact us at (303) 662-1191 to learn more and discuss financial arrangements. Through consultation with our team, you and your surgeon will discuss what weight-loss procedure is best for you. Learn more about this and other weight-loss procedures offered at the Bariatric Surgery Center Denver by attending a Free Bariatric Seminar at Sky Ridge Medical Center
Dr. Chae discusses the pacemaker for obesity and weight loss on The Doctors.