Implantable Gastric Stimulation
Implantable gastric stimulation (IGS) is a type of weight loss surgery that involves implanting an electrical device in the stomach to help control appetite and reduce the amount of food consumed.
During the IGS procedure, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdomen and inserts the electrical device, which is about the size of a small pacemaker, into the stomach wall. The device is connected to electrodes that stimulate the stomach in response to food intake, creating a feeling of fullness and reducing appetite.
IGS is typically recommended for individuals with a BMI of 35 to 45 who have not been able to achieve weight loss through diet and exercise alone, and who have obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes or hypertension. It is considered to be a less invasive option than other types of weight loss surgery, and has a lower risk of complications.
However, it is important to note that IGS is a relatively new procedure and the long-term effectiveness and safety of the device is still being studied. Additionally, the device may need to be adjusted or removed if it causes discomfort or other issues.
As with any weight loss surgery, it is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of IGS with a qualified healthcare provider before making a decision. It is also important to follow a strict diet and exercise plan after surgery in order to achieve and maintain weight loss.