nonsurgical procedure long used to stop stomach bleeding has shown some promise in helping people lose weight. (M. Spencer Green / AP)
A procedure long used to halt stomach bleeding may offer another way to treat severe obesity, a preliminary study suggests.
The study, of seven severely obese adults, found that the minimally invasive procedure caused no serious complications. It also spurred some weight loss: Patients lost 13 percent of their excess weight, on average, over the next six months.
Experts stressed that the procedure — bariatric artery embolization — is not approved for weight loss and remains in clinical trials. It’s not clear whether or how it could fit in with the current treatments for severe obesity.