Introduction: Obesity is a very common public health problem worldwide. However, there is a lack of effective therapies. Only a small portion of patients with morbid obesity are accepting bariatric surgery as the last option due to the risks associated with invasive therapy. Areas covered: In this paper, we review an emerging weight loss treatment: gastric electrical stimulation (GES). The feasibility of GES as a potential therapy for obesity is introduced. Methodologies and parameters of GES are presented. Several GES methods for treating obesity and their effects on food intake and body weight are presented. Possible mechanisms involved in the anti-obesity effect of GES are discussed. Finally, our comments on the potential of GES for obesity and expectations for future development of the GES therapy are provided. The PubMed central database was searched from inception to May 2019. The literature search used the following terms: 'Gastric electrical stimulation' combined with ‘obesity’ and 'Implantable gastric stimulation' and ‘pharmaceutical therapy’ and ‘bariatric surgery’. Expert opinion: There is a potential to use GES for treating obesity. However, more efforts are needed to develop appropriate stimulation devices and to design an adequate therapy for treating obesity in humans.
- bariatric surgery
- gastric electrical stimulation
- gastric motility
- implantable gastric stimulation
- weight loss treatment
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering