vBloc®

vBloc® therapy is a reversible bariatric procedure that intermittently disrupts the hunger signals sent to the brain from your stomach when you’re awake. This works by implementing a device that interacts with the vagus nerve to help control your hunger. Read on to see if vBloc could work for your weight loss goals.

How vBloc Works - The Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve sends signals between the brain and the stomach that control the sensation of hunger. vBloc therapy intermittently blocks those signals, delivering consistent therapy to control hunger.

vBloc® Therapy, delivered via the Maestro® System, is now approved by the Food and Drug Administration for weight loss in adults with a BMI of 40 to 45 kg/m2 or a BMI of 35 to 39.9 kg/m2 with a related health condition such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. Individuals should have first tried to lose weight by diet and exercise in a supervised weight loss program within the last 5 years before receiving the Maestro System.

About the Maestro System

The Maestro® System consists of a subcutaneously implanted rechargeable neuroregulator and two electrodes that are laparoscopically implanted by a bariatric surgeon. It delivers VBLOC® vagal blocking therapy via these electrodes that are placed in contact with the trunks of the vagus nerves just above the junction between the esophagus and the stomach. The device intermittently blocks vagal nerve signals throughout the patient’s waking hours. The Maestro System is recharged using an external mobile charger and transmit coil worn by the patient. The device can be non-invasively programmed, and it can be adjusted, deactivated, reactivated or completely removed if desired.

The vBloc procedure is currently being offered by Dr. Peter Billing, call 1-800-639-7353 to make an appointment today.

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