Is gastric pacing effective for the treatment of obesity?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Emerging data suggest that gastric pacing achieved by using implantable electrodes may have significant weight-loss effects. This outcome was initially discovered with the use of gastric pacemaker devices for gastroparesis in patients with diabetes.

Cigaina reported that 10 patients in whom a pacing device was laparoscopically implanted showed a mean excess weight loss of about 25% at 3-year follow-up. [195] Similar findings were reported in several European studies with a total cohort of about 50 patients.


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