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Weight Loss Operations: Implantable Gastric Stimulator

By Dietitian, Juliette Kellow BSc RD

Again, this operation is not readily available on the NHS. The procedure involves implanting two electrodes into the wall of the stomach via keyhole surgery. These are then attached to a small battery powered stimulator that’s inserted beneath the skin to the side of the stomach. The stimulator sends out programmed electrical pulses to the electrodes, which in turn stimulate the stomach to send messages to the brain to induce feelings of fullness.

Initial trials reveal that 80 percent of people lost weight after having the device implanted, with 60 percent losing more than 10 percent of their body weight over 29 months.

For more information read Juliette's Weight Loss Surgery Info.

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