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Vagotomy, a New Weight Loss Surgery Procedure

Posted Dec 20 2008 8:10pm

There is a  new surgical procedure that is being done for weight loss called a vagotomy. Surgeons are cutting the vegas nerve which signals the brain that you are hungry and signals the  pancreas to release more insulin in order to move more sugar to fat. This procedure is only in the experimental stages right now, but may be an answer for those who are not candidates for more invasive weight loss surgeries. The cost is between $5,000 and $10,000 and helps to reduce weight by 20 to 30%. “If you look at our statistics we’re very happy with what we have seen in terms of the total weight loss and the number of responders in the study, but not everyone has been helped,” said Dr. Robert Lustig.

 

Vagotomies have also been effectively done in conjunction with lap band surgery to improve weight loss

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