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Deep Brain Stimulation Could Help Change Eating Behaviors in Morbidly Obese Patients
Date:6/13/2013

at the optimal setting. The final patient had a 0.9 percent decrease in weight after 16 months at optimal settings.

“This patient also commented that this was the first time in her life that she did not have to fight constant hunger and her binge eating score reduced from severe to within normal range,” said Dr. Whiting, Director of the Center for Spasticity and Movement Disorders at Allegheny General. “We’re hopeful that expanded research studies might show that optimal settings would reduce appetite and food cravings in many patients.”

With the existing patients, the team continues to monitor effects of hypothalamic deep brain stimulation and examine persistence of the impact on metabolic rate.

“In order for survival during lean times, humans have evolved to automatically lower metabolic rate when food intake goes down – an innate ‘set point’ that can add challenge to weight-loss efforts,” Dr. Oh said. “Our research suggests that the ‘set point’ can be adjusted like a thermostat.”

About Allegheny General Hospital
The Neurosciences Institute at AGH integrates renowned experts in the subspecialties of neurology, neurotology, neuroradiology, neuro-critical care, and neurosurgery to offer world class care for patients with the most complex neurological disorders. Recognized as both a Neurosciences Center of Excellence and a Spine Center of Excellence, the program serves as a national and international referral center for treatment of all types of neurological conditions.

About the International Neuromodulation Society (INS)
The INS is a nonprofit group of clinicians, scientists and engineers dedicated to scientific development and knowledge of neuromodulation, a rapidly growing family of therapies developed to help relieve pain or restore function by delivering electromagnetic stimulation or chemical agents to specific sites in the body. Founded in 1989 and based in San Francisco, Calif., the INS has 15 curre
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