Nerve Therapy at the Forefront of Bariatric Surgery


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Bariatric surgery is widely considered to be the most effective intervention to deal with morbid obesity, while a 2015 publication looking at the correlation between bariatric surgery and long-term survival rates demonstrated it reduced mortality in comparison to non-surgical intervention, including dieting and exercise.

While gastric band and lap band surgery has been widely available for a number of years, vagal blocking nerve therapy systems are a relatively new treatment method, which has also been shown to be effective.

What is Vagal Blocking and How Does It Help You Lose Weight?

Vagal blocking involves the implanting of a rechargeable neuroregulator into the lateral chest wall. Flexible leads from this device are then placed around the vagus nerve laparoscopically. The vagus nerve is the main nerve between the brain stem and the abdomen, and controls how your body tells your brain you are hungry.

Once the device has been implanted, it intermittently blocks signals sent along the nerve to reduce feelings of hunger and increase feelings of satiety. The blocking of nerve signals is done via a charge, and the neuroregulator is programmed to control the strength and frequency of these.

Undergoing the Surgery

The operation to implant the neuroregulator device usually takes between 60 – 90 minutes. While it is conducted under general anesthetic, it is usually conducted as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will be in and out of the clinic or hospital on the same day.

What are the Advantages of Vagal Blocking Therapy?

Choosing to undergo vagal blocking therapy as your weight loss solution has a number of advantages, both from the perspective of the surgery itself as well as for your long term weight loss.

These include:

  • Vagal blocking therapy is safer than gastric band or lap band surgery; as it is not ‘anatomy altering’ in any way the risk of complications post-surgery is far lower. vBloc states a complication rate of 3.7%, compared to 13% for gastric band surgery, and 20% for gastric bypass surgery.
  • The procedure is not as invasive and the recovery time is much quicker, as seen by being able to undergo treatment on an outpatient basis.
  • Vagal blocking therapy is reversible; the implant can be removed at any time. It can also be reprogrammed to behave differently depending on your weight loss, or even be completely deactivated to be reactivated later if necessary.
  • The treatment has been proven to be safe and effective both through clinics monitoring results and independent patient studies.
  • The implant can last for many years, helping patients to lose weight and sustain their loss.

In addition to these primary benefits, you will enjoy a range of advantages linked to losing weight, including improved self-confidence, feeling more energetic, and potentially influencing the affect linked conditions, such as diabetes, has on your life.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of vagal blocking therapy will depend on the availability of the treatment in your region, on the clinics that provide it, and whether you have private medical insurance or not. Most clinics keep the cost guarded until you contact them, however most studies into this treatment describe the typical cost as being between that of gastric band and gastric bypass surgeries, though others have cited costs in excess of $20,000.

Covering the Cost of Vagal Blocking Therapy

If you are looking to change your life by undergoing vagal blocking therapy, but are worried about covering the cost, MacCredit can help, with a tailored payment plan to suit your circumstances. We can also put you in touch with some of the leading clinics in Australia that are offering this procedure, and put you on the road to sustained weight loss and all the associated benefits today.

Call us today on 1300 884 355 to learn more.

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