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Doctor insights on: Vagotomy Weight Control Medical Studies

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Do they do vagotomy surgery for weight loss?

Do they do vagotomy surgery for weight loss?

Not appropriate: We generally avoid vagotomy in order to keep the low stomach working normally. Some studies were attempted with vagotomy plus a band, but were not successful. There is a stimulator for the vagus nerve that has been placed in the neck area and has shown a decrease in appetite. Still under investigation. ...Read more

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Dr. David Wyatt
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Can you tell me about vagotomy/antrectomy?

Antrectomy/Vagotomy: This is a surgical procedure used to treat peptic ulcer that has failed resolution with medical therapy. It is much less common these days because of the advancement in medical treatment, especially with H. Pylori. The antrum contains G cells. When stimulated by the vagus nerve, they release gastrin, which in turn causes parietal cells in the proximal stomach to release acid. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a vagotomy/antrectomy?

Eat small meals: This operation is usually performed for ulcer of the stomach or duodenum. The stomach has been reduced to 60% of normal size, and the 2 vagus nerves were cut in order for you to have less chance to develop stomach ulcers. It is recommended to eat small meal and more ofter, and low fat. ...Read more

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What is vagotomy?

Cuts the Acid Nerve: The vagus nerve goes to the stomach and triggers acid secretion and stomach emptying. The nerve continues down to the small intestine for allowing food to move food through the intestines. We cut the vagus nerve when there are ulcers and excess acid production. A selective cutting of the nerve can decrease the acid production from the upper stomach, but allow the lower stomach to empty. ...Read more

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In medicine what is a vagotomy?

Surgery for ulcers.: In the past, surgery to transect the nerve responsible for stomach digestive juice secretion was used as a method to manage peptic ulcer disease. More effecive and safe medications have since rendered this approach obsolete. ...Read more

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What's the purpose of a vagotomy?

Peptic ulcer?: Vagotomy is an essential component of surgical management of peptic (duodenal and gastric) ulcer disease (PUD). Vagotomy was once commonly performed to treat and prevent PUD. However, with the availability of excellent acid secretion control with H2 receptor antagonists, such as cimetidine, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as omeprazole the need for vagotomy has greatly decreased. ...Read more