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Obes Surg. 2002 Apr;12 Suppl 1:12S-16S.

Gastric pacing as therapy for morbid obesity: preliminary results.

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Unit of Digestive Surgical Electrophysiology, Umberto I Hospital, Mestre-Venezia, Italy. valerio.cigaina@tin.it

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  • Obes Surg 2002 Jun;12(3):421.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A novel method to treat morbid obesity is presented--gastric electrical pacing. Following animal research, human investigation in a total of 24 patients in three cohorts began in 1995.

METHODS:

Morbidly obese subjects (BMI > or = 40) received electrical stimulation devices in 1995/6 (n = 4), 1998 (n = 10) and 2000 (n = 10). Electrodes were positioned intramuscularly on the anterior gastric wall at the lesser curvature. BMI = body mass index; %EBL = % excess BMI (> 25) lost.

RESULTS:

Patients reported satiety for food with less food. The 2 patients from the first study followed for > 5 years have achieved 38 and 67 %EBL. In the second study, every patient lost weight. At 36 months follow-up, the mean %EBL was 24 +/- 10 SD (n = 10).

CONCLUSIONS:

Implantable gastric pacing is a safe procedure and causes changes in eating habits in morbidly obese humans, resulting in decreased food intake and weight loss.

PMID:
11969102
DOI:
10.1007/bf03342141
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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