Weight loss in the United States is one of the top health topics among the general public. For people that are looking to shed pounds, the options are endless. There are enormous quantities of diets that offer different choices of food for people to lose weight. There are a ton of different workout routines that are geared towards people that are looking to lose weight as well. More recently, medical procedures are becoming more popular to help overweight people get rid of fat and body weight. What started with bariatric surgery has grown into many other medical procedures that help people lose extra weight.
Recently, Emory University School of Medicine in Georgia has conducted a study on a new potential medical procedure that could help patients shed weight. The potential new procedure involves what physicians and scientists call the hunger nerve, or scientifically speaking, the posterior vagal trunk. This nerve runs down the back and into the stomach and is the nerve that is responsible for telling the brain that the body is hungry and needs food.
The medical procedure that was trialed on people in the study involved the freezing of the nerve for two minutes. The physicians that performed the procedure used live CT scan images to insert a probe into the back to freeze the nerve. After two minutes, the physicians removed the probe and the study participants were able to go home the same day of the procedure.
The main goal of the initial study from Emory University School of Medicine was to ensure that the procedure itself was safe. In follow up appointments with the participants at regular intervals following the procedure, the participants reported that they experienced lessened appetites. On top of that, the average loss of weight by the entire group of 10 participants was 3.6 percent.
While great results were seen from just an initial study on the safety of the procedure, it is bringing the researchers at Emory University a lot of optimism. There are currently plans to initiate a second phase in the study with a control group, making comparing results much easier for a scientific study. The future of this study remains exciting for many people that have tried for long lengths of time to lose weight but haven’t been able to.