EnteroMedics of St. Paul, MN has received European
CE mark for its second generation Maestro RC System which aids in weight loss
by helping to relieve the hunger sensation by intermittently blocking the vagus
nerve trunks using electronic pulses (VBLOC therapy).
The Maestro RC System is a device
like pacemaker. The device affects the physiology of hunger and fullness
without enforcing punitive, mechanical limits to lifestyle and diet or does not
even require surgical alteration of the anatomy.
Clinical trials are going on to
evaluate the safety and efficacy of VBLOC therapy for treating obesity.