Scientists invent device to control obesity

New York: The medical scientists have invented a device to fight increasing obesity epidemic in the world.

Invented by Minnesota-based Technology firm EnteroMedics, the pacemaker-like device vBloc is implanted in the stomach. The device blocks the communication between brain and stomach of the patient.

According to a research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the obesity rate is rapidly increasing in America as this rate has surged to 37 per cent in adults from 12 percent in 2000.

“This rate would further increase to 44 per cent in all the American states by 2030 if this epidemic is not controlled timely,” the health experts warned.

In obese patients, the device is placed planted under the skin, and two wires are connected to the Vagus nerves on the stomach – the nerves bring sensory information back to the brain from the ear, tongue, pharynx, and larynx.

The whole procedure is very simple and the patients can go back to their home on the same day of surgery, however, the device is activated 14 to 21 days later.

South Carolina’s St Francis Bariatric Surgery Division Medical Director Dr Kenneth Mitchell, about this new invention, said: “vBloc is a device that we implant in a patient using a minimally invasive approach that allows us to be able to adjust the way that the Vagus nerve communicates from the stomach to the brain.”

One struggling patient, Cathy Newell, said: “I was afraid I was going to be headed to diabetes if I didn’t do something. Then having a parent that died at age 60, and I’m 58, was kind of an eye opener. It’s time to get myself together and get healthy.”

According to a spokesperson for Enteromedics, they have future plans to help patients considering the procedure.

“Obtaining payer coverage of vBloc will allow vBloc to be part of the standard of care for physicians who are fighting obesity,” he added.