How does the procedure work?
The surgeon performs laparoscopic surgery to implant the Abiliti device, it is connected to the stomach and system automatically records when you eat, drink, and exercise. After you eat something, the food detection sensor signals the implanted gastric stimulator. The stimulator then sends low energy electrical impulses to the stimulation electrode, making you feel full before you normally would, so you eat less. The information about your eating/exercise habits is wirelessly sent to a laptop computer for you and your doctor/dietitian to review.
How long will I be in hospital?
The procedure takes approximately one hour and is done laparoscopically, patients usually stay one night in hospital.
How much weight will I lose?
As this is such new technology there are no reported results as yet. The amount of weight patients can lose will very much depend on how they use this device and how well they can stick to the diet and exercise plan. The device is a tool to help patients reduce their calorie intake and learn to eat more healthily.
What are the risks and side effects to having an Abiliti device?
There may be some pain or discomfort after surgery, but patients usually get used to the feeling of the device after a couple of weeks. The Abiliti procedure is less invasive and there is no change to the digestive system, this means the risks are lower than other types of obesity surgery. The procedure is also easily reversible and the device can be removed.
How long does it take to recover after surgery?
Patients will need to rest at home for a few days after having the procedure done, most people can return to work after two weeks.