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Israelis invent new ‘Gastric Sleeve’ to fight obesity

By Mason White 4:41 PM August 29, 2013
MetaboShield device 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) For those who do not like the idea of gastric bypass surgery, several Israelis students have invented a new non-invasive gastric device.

The Israeli students have created the innovative device in order to help combat obesity.

The “MetaboShield” is a gastric sleeve that can be inserted endoscopically, which means that any operation would be non-invasive, requiring no incisions, tissue damage or general anesthesia.

A group of experts and students from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, developed the medical device that helps patients lose weight by blocking nutrients from being absorbed into the bloodstream.

Doctor Yaakov Nahmias, who is the director of the Center for Bioengineering at the University, said that the device does not cause damage to the intestinal wall, which makes it unique.

Nahmias also said that the device, which is inserted into the body through a cavity, usually the mouth, currently requires funding from a major corporation, but is expected to be on the market within five years.