Minimally-Invasive New Weight Loss Procedure for Morbidly Obese Individuals Shows Promise
New research from Johns Hopkins University suggests that a cutting-edge, new weight loss procedure called Bariatric Embolization is safe and helps patients achieve weight loss.
Bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric banding are currently the best known procedures for providing significant and long-standing weight loss. However, these procedures involve invasive surgery and can result in pain and complications.
It was always known that these surgeries provide weight loss by restricting meal size and by interfering with the absorption of nutrients; however, there is growing awareness that these surgeries achieve weight loss by altering signals for hunger that are created by the stomach.
Bariatric Embolization Reduces Blood Flow to the Stomach, Decreasing Appetite
“Bariatric embolization” is a leading-edge new weight loss procedure that alters the blood flow to the stomach, causing the stomach to release less of the signal that tells the brain you are hungry. The procedure is performed through a skin incision the size of a grain of rice, thereby leaving no significant scar. A tiny tube is fed through the blood vessels to the part of the stomach that produces the hunger hormones. The blood vessels in this part of the stomach are blocked, causing the level of the hunger hormones to go down.
While Bariatric Embolization is still in the experimental phase and not covered by insurance, it has shown great promise in numerous studies. Preliminary results from the newly released Bariatric Embolization of Arteries or the Treatment of Obesity (BEAT obesity) showed patients to achieve 5.9% weight loss at 1 month and 9.0% weight loss at 3 months. There were five patients in the study and the average patient’s weight before the procedure was 281 pounds. None of the patients had major complications.
The Future of Bariatric Embolization
Here at Precision VIR, we are hopeful that further research will continue to show the safety and effectiveness of Bariatric Embolization as a new weight loss procedure so that all patients will have another option in the treatment of obesity. If you are interested in learning more about Bariatric Embolization, book an appointment with Precision VIR.