VBLOC is an advanced weight-loss therapy option that promotes long term weight loss by controlling your hunger sensations without any alteration in your anatomy. It has been approved by the FDA and is considered a viable alternative option to traditional bariatric surgery. It empowers you to practice portion control and make smart eating choices without significantly impacting your lifestyle.
The therapy involves the implantation of a neuroregulatory device under the skin using a minimally invasive procedure. The device blocks hunger signals between your brain and your stomach that are transmitted through the vagus nerve. This results in a reduced appetite and a feeling of satiety on smaller quantities of food. The device is very safe and uses the same technology that has been tried and tested for years in pacemakers.
Studies have indicated that patients who use VBLOC tend to maintain their weight loss longer compared to those who do not. Being a minimally invasive procedure, there is minimal scarring and a faster recovery. As there is no alteration in anatomy, you can enjoy the same food as your family and friends. You also do not need life-long nutritional supplementation and will not suffer from adverse reactions to some types of food. The device can be removed at any time and can also be deactivated or reactivated as required.
Using VBLOC therapy can result in lower triglycerides, improved LDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure and heart rate, and a reduced waist size. Many diabetic patients have been able to reduce or even discontinue diabetic medications with VBLOC therapy.
You may be a candidate for VBLOC if you meet the following criteria:
- You have attempted to lose weight in a supervised diet and exercise program during the last 5 years.
- You are 18 years or above.
- You have a body mass index between 35 to 39.9 with comorbid conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, or diabetes type 2
- You have a body mass index between 40 to 45.
VBLOC is contraindicated in certain condition such as cirrhosis, portal hypertension, hiatal hernia, and esophageal varices. You are also not a candidate if you have an electronic medical implant, need MRIs or diathermy, or have a high risk for surgical complications.