MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It is the first obesity-fighting device and it was made right here in Minnesota.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Roseville-based Entero-Medics implantable device, called the Maestro.
Dubbed “the pacemaker for your stomach”, the device uses electrical signals to stimulate nerves to reduce a person’s feelings of hunger.
In clinical trials, half of the people with a Maestro implant lost at least 20 percent of their excess weight.
Federal regulators are asking for another 5-year study in order to confirm the long-term benefits of the device before it goes on sale in the U.S.