In recent times, a new weight loss pump has been approved by the FDA. This device is inserted directly into the stomach and is designed to promote weight loss.
This device, which has been designed to help obese people with weight loss, is engineered and produced by medical technology company Aspire and is known as the AspireAssist. After a successful clinical trial, the device has been approved by the FDA and is being distributed nowadays by Aspire in order to be used in in thousands of patients.
This new weight loss pump works by pumping food from the stomach into a sack which helps in the reduction of the food content by one third. In this manner, caloric intake is decreased and hence this leads to weight loss. First of all, a small tube is implanted into the stomach with a minimally invasive surgical technique. This procedure merely takes 15 minutes and is conducted while the patient is under twilight anaesthesia, thereby letting the patient go home in just a couple hours. As soon as it is implanted within the stomach, a tube is then extended from the stomach lining to a skin lock that secures the device almost flush to the patient’s skin.
After eating, food travels to the stomach where the food is temporarily stored and digestion begins. The first hour of digestion is where the stomach begins the digestion process which includes break down of food into components then digestible by the intestines where the calories are extracted. On the other hand, the AspireAssist intercepts the food before it reaches the absorption process. Water is forced through a tube by means of a hand-operated pump which attaches to the skin-lock, this lets the stomach mulch to drain out. This process is called aspiration. A third of stomach can be emptied, thereby decreasing caloric intake.
After a complete meal, stomach’s aspirations takes about 20 to 30 minutes. Almost 5 to 10 minutes are spent on the completion of the process. This device is aimed to be used within the privacy of a restroom where the food can be drained directly into the toilet. As the AspireAssist takes out just 30% of the food, the required amount of calories are absorbed by the body to function.
It has been determined by Aspire through a clinical trial consisting of 171 participants that about 3 times more weight was lost by those who used the device as compared to those who undertook lifestyle counselling. Aspire explained:
“The most successful patients – those who aspirate regularly and learn to make healthier choices – have lost 100% of their excess weight with the AspireAssist and have maintained that weight loss for more than four years so far. Compared to other approaches, the AspireAssist has similar results without requiring invasive alterations to the anatomy or digestive process.”
To survive, feeding tubes have been of assistance to impaired persons in order to obtain the required calories. Nowadays, Aspire is looking to reverse the process while maintaining a low risk of serious complications. The device can be easily removed, once implemented, after another 10 minute procedure. . Aspire is certainly exploring uncharted waters and will likely see a divide of support and opposition for their truly bizarre and slightly grotesque approach to a weight loss solution.