What recent surgical procedures have been developed for appetite control Pls cite or reference...Thanks.

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Appetite control is a medical procedure that allows the patient to undergo certain clinical methods that prohibits, restricts or permits the desire of food intake. Most methods for appetite control can be done through physical abstinence of food intake or the introduction of appetite suppressant or boosters. In some cases, there is a need for surgical appetite control in order to provide safety for patients undergoing other sensitive medications. 

One method is the application of intragastric balloon for obese patients (Bariatric surgery). Generally this method is done by placing a deflated (inert polymer) balloon inside the stomach in order to fill the spaces where food can stay during digestion. Although this method is not yet approved by the FDA, recent researches are showing good results in the patients undergoing clinical trial. Patients who just had surgery should be under liquid diet until the surgery scars are completely healed. 

Another method is the gastric bypass surgery which is done by reducing the food intake capacity of your stomach by creating a pouch and connecting it to the small intestines. This method allows the body to adjust with smaller intake of food (you'll feel full with fewer food intake) thus lowering the calorie consumption.