Abiliti Weight Loss System: Possible Alternative to Bariatric Surgery - My Bariatric Life
Obesity is a worldwide phenomenon of epidemic proportion. The numbers are staggering: in 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that 1.6 billion adults were overweight worldwide. Four hundred million of those adults are classified as obese. Furthermore, WHO estimates that 2.3 billion adults worldwide will be overweight by the year 2015 with more than 700 million of them meeting the criteria for clinical obesity.
This, of course, will translates into an increase in those health problem that accompany being obese such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. Likely it also will increase demand for weight loss procedures.
A new instrument built on the technology that is used to make pacemakers and defibrillators is a recent addition to such weight loss procedures.
The Abiliti System Approach
The Abiliti System is based on the premise that people who are trying to lose weight must monitor the number of calories that are ingested and burned. Eating habits should be recorded as well as sesssions of exercise. What a person eats, drinks, and snacks on should be recorded in a journal. The types of exercises that are done should be recorded as well including how long the exercise period lasted. This self-monitoring will provide information for good decision making.
The Abiliti System automatically records information about eating and exercise activity through the use of sensors. The sensors collect details about food and drink consumption and calories burned. Together with his physician, the patient can analyze the data and use it to support weight loss behaviors.
How the Abiliti System Works
The Abiliti System detects when food or beverages enter the stomach and
can be set to recognize those times when food is acceptable and those times when it is not. If food is eaten during those disallowed times, the system will automatically release a series of electrical impulses to nerves in the stomach wall. These nerves then send impulses to the brain that relieve the desire for food and drink.
At scheduled meal times, the system sends a series of lower impulse waves that create a feeling of being full. The overall idea is to regulate consumption and create healthy eating habits.
The Abiliti System Implant
There are three components to the Abiliti System.
The first is a placement of an electrode onto the stomach. The procedure is done by laparoscopic surgery.
Next, an electronic stimulator is inserted beneath the skin of the stomach wall. The stimulator is approximately the size of a matchbook and cannot be seen.
Finally, there is the software that powers the Abiliti System. The program can be adjusted by holding a wireless wand over the stimulator.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes about one hour. An overnight hospital stay will be required.
An Alternative to Bariatric Surgery
Abiliti potentially offers a solution to obese patients having a body mass index (BMI) between 35 and 55, and whom have not had a weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass or gastric banding. The Abiliti procedure is similar in cost to gastric bypass surgery.
The Availability of Abiliti
Abiliti is approved in European countries alone. The device has European
CE Mark approval, meaning that it has met European Union requirements for marketing in Europe.
Clinical trials remain in effect in the U.S. to determine the weight loss and quality of life of test subjects, as well as the safety performance of the device.
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