What is it?
vBloc® Therapy is a weight loss tool that uses the same type of technology found in cardiac pacemakers to affect the body’s metabolism through the regulation of nerves. It involves implanting a neuroregulator device, like a pacemaker, under the skin in the vicinity of the stomach. The device has nodes that are attached to the vagus nerve which regulates the digestive organs and relays signals of hunger to the brain. It is placed laparascopically, meaning only small incisions are needed to complete the surgery. Although anesthesia is still required, scarring is less and recovery time is quicker than with more traditional bariatric surgeries.
How does it work?
With altering the anatomy of the digestive tract, vBloc® Therapy works by periodically blocking the vagus nerve and preventing it from delivering hunger signals to the brain. By feeling less hungry, individuals consume less calories and quickly lose their excess weight.
Who is it for?
vBloc® Therapy is a weight loss option for those who have tried to lose weight by diet and exercise without significant results within the last 5 years. Candidates must also be least 18 years of age and have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a health-related condition such as: Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol or a BMI of 40 to 45 with or without obesity related medical conditions. Those interested in a long term weight loss tool that doesn’t alter their anatomy and can be removed or deactivated when necessary are good candidates for the vBloc®.
Average Weight Loss
Those who used the device for 12 hrs every day as typically prescribed, lost an average of 28% of their excess weight loss in one year.
vBloc® Therapy typically costs $18,500 in the United States and unfortunately, it is not typically covered by health insurance.