Transcript for FDA Approves New Weight-Loss Device
We'll move on to health news. A big announcement from the fda approving a brand-new weight loss device that works by tricking your brain into thinking your stomach is full. ABC's Reena ninan has the details. Reporter: For the first time in almost a decade the fda approving a new obesity device called the maestro rechargeable system, a weight loss aid for overweight adults with a bmi of 35 to 45 who have at least one other obesity-related condition like type 2 diabetes. Here is how it works. It is implanted into the abdomen and sends sporadic electrical pulses to temporarily shut off the nerve that tells your brain if your stomach is feeling empty or full. When the nerves are shut off patients tend to lose their appetite and eat less and therefore lose weight. Reporter: Doctors say it could be a good fit for patients looking for a procedure less invasive than gastric the first patient to speak about using it publicly has been using it for three years and lost around 70 pounds. I was always overweight. I was overweight as a child and I was on continuous guy ets all my life. This has been just a life saver. Reporter: But doctors are careful to say this device that has had adverse reactions including in some cases nausea and chest pain is not a quick fix. If patients don't eat correctly they won't have a good result. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Reena ninan, ABC news, New York. Hopeful with this and my production company rockin' robin productions teaming up and bringing medical breakthroughs. Seems like an amazing idea. It really is. Looking forward to more. "Pop news" and more coming up.
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