A gentle and simple procedure
The abiliti® procedure is designed to be as easy and trouble free as possible. Some of the highlights of the procedure are described below. If the abiliti system is right for you, your surgeon or physician will explain the procedure to you in more detail and answer any questions you may have.
What the implantable system includes: The abiliti system consists of a stimulator (a small battery-powered device similar to a cardiac pacemaker) and a lead containing a stimulation electrode and food sensor.
The procedure: The procedure is done through laparoscopic surgery, a minimally invasive technique in which a surgeon uses a camera called a laparoscope, small incisions, and specialized instruments. The camera allows the surgeon to view the inside of your abdominal cavity in order to insert the lead containing the sensor and the stimulation electrode into your stomach. After the stimulator is implanted,the laparoscopic incisions are closed. The procedure involves no intestinal rerouting or stapling of the stomach. As a result, the surgery is very safe; and because the anatomy of the digestive tract is unchanged, the procedure is easily reversible.
In most cases, the procedure takes less than an hour, during which time you will be asleep.