Destroy Part of Your Stomach To Lose Weight?

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

September 16th RadiologyAccording to a study that was published in the Sept. 16 issue of Radiology, researchers at John Hopkins University have found a new way to curb hunger. They inject a chemical that destroys the main vessel carrying blood to the top section (fundus) of the stomach. About 90 percent of the body’s ghrelin originates in the fundus, which requires a good blood supply to make the hormone.

Suddenly, your body is only able to create 10 percent of ghrelin that it used to be able to create and your hunger pangs are lessened.

Dr. Aravind Arepally is the clinical director of the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design, and associate professor of radiology and surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He explained the procedure:

“With gastric artery chemical embolization, called GACE, there’s no major surgery. In our study in pigs, this procedure produced an effect similar to bariatric surgery by suppressing ghrelin levels and subsequently lowering appetite.”

I don’t know if I want part of my stomach destroyed. Considering all the negative effects of gastric bypass surgery, I wouldn’t be the first in line to try this procedure. Let them experiment on someone else.


4 Responses to “Destroy Part of Your Stomach To Lose Weight?”

  1. Lynn C Says:

    Erm… I don’t eat because I’m HUNGRY! If I did that, I wouldn’t be so fat. i eat because I’m bored. Or lonely. Or feeling sad.

    Irradiating part of my body isn’t going to change that what I’m doing is trying to fill a hole in my life with food.

  2. Ernie Says:

    I’m with Lynn on this one. My over-eating stems from my head, not my belly. I eat because I’m stressed or happy or I simply like the flavors (and don’t you dare try to radiate my tongue!).

    I’ll stick with will power and exercise.

    By the way, I’m running a 5K next month. Thanks again for the tips, Laura!

  3. JoAnne Says:

    I’m reminded of an old song called “Killing Me Softly”. That’s what some among us are doing. Is this to say, if one doesn’t like something about his personality or his thought process that he should then submit to a lobotomy to satisfy society’s “norm”? Better to leave the body intact and work on the intangible.

  4. Mitch Says:

    Well, as Lynn stated, it often is emotional eating… which is why the lapband seems to be the best solution of all – and it is much better than gastric bypass because it isn’t permanent (if there are issues it can be removed). It physically reduces the size of your upper part of the stomach and therefore reduces the amount you eat and at the same time satisfies the cravings. Has worked for my wonderful wife – she’s a great success story for the lapband system.

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