Devicemakers Developing New Surgical Options For Obesity, EnteroMedics Reveals

For years, Mike Magnant of Carver, Mass., struggled with his weight. He tried dieting many times, but after losing 25 pounds, he'd quickly gain it back. At 5 feet 6 inches tall, he weighed 291 pounds. He had considered gastric bypass surgery, which reduces the amount of food a person can eat. But he resisted the idea because a friend had suffered debilitating side effects from the procedure. Then he heard on the radio about a clinical trial of a new device that is implanted near the stomach and sends signals to the brain that the person is not hungry. So he called to find out if he could enroll.

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